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Chamber names Humanitarians and Volunteer of the Year

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By KEVIN NEVERS

There’s no shortage of kind-hearted folks in Duneland.

Two of them were honored on Wednesday by Duneland Chamber of Commerce at its annual State of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon.

Sharing the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award were Jocelyn Hibshman, president of Rebuilding Together Duneland; and Judy Alders, executive director of NeighborLink Porter County.

Of Hibshman, presenter Tim Rice said this: “The organization she leads gives Duneland residents the ability to live in warm, safe environments with independence and dignity. She advocated for the program to not only help individuals but also to reach out to service organizations by providing helping hands for their projects. This may attributed to the fact that she has a hard time saying No. She truly wants to help every person who asks for help. She feels the need to be there for them, when no one else is.”

This year’s edition of Rebuilding Together Duneland, its 18th, put 450 volunteers to work. To date, Rice added, it has “infused into the Duneland community” more than $1 million in market-value labor and materials.

Rice said this of Alders: her organization, NeighborLink, is an “outstanding program that helps people who don’t have the necessary means to help themselves.” Alders herself is “a tireless worker, a compassionate person, and an overall wonderful human being.”

Look later this year, Rice noted, for the opening of the RePurpose Place, a resale shop which will provide furniture, building materials, and appliances in support of NeighborLink’s mission.

Volunteer of the Year

The winner of the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award--Janenne Stuber--isn’t “afraid to get her hands dirty,” presenter Bob Capehart said. And the Chamber “is lucky to have had her assistance for the past three years on our Volunteer Committee.”

Stuber is “energetic and has a positive attitude no mater what we need her to do,” has “become an integral part of our volunteers,” and had been extremely active for the last nine years as well at the Chesterton First United Church, where she serves on the Nurture and Care Committee and on the Missions Team.

 

 

Posted 7/24/2014