Five Shelton residents were among those honored by Valley United Way when the organization’s Volunteer Action Center celebrated its 21st annual Volunteer Recognition Event.
The Shelton honorees were Tyler Haywood, Outstanding Middle School Youth; Michelle Kellet, Outstanding High School Student Award; Ron Baldwin and David Rabinove, Outstanding Volunteer Awards; and Carol Osgood, Living Treasure Award.
Nine Valley volunteers were chosen for awards based on their sense of community responsibility and social awareness while embodying United Way’s vision of a caring community.
Outstanding Middle School Youth Award
Tyler Haywood, who just completed eighth grade at Hopkins School in New Haven, volunteers at Sunnyside School, collects and delivers food to Spooner House, and helps plan and prepare the Joseph A Pagliaro Sr. Family Fund Easter egg hunt pancake breakfast.
Outstanding High School Student Award
Michelle Kellet organizes Girl Scout troop projects, participates in student government, and volunteers with the Valley Parish Nurses and at Griffin Hospital and Spooner House. She is a Valley United Way High School Volunteer Council member and a junior member of the local American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Outstanding Volunteer Award
Ron Baldwin has been a vital part of the Center Stage Theatre’s team since its first season in 2005. An engineer by trade and a visual artist, he assists with set construction and design for the theater as a volunteer.
Baldwin has helped with every production at Center Stage as well as the Shelton High School Drama Club spring musical. “I keep doing what I’m doing so that you can keep doing what you’re doing,” he said.
Outstanding Volunteer Award
David Rabinove has been a volunteer for TEAM Inc. since 2007. He has been a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax preparer and served on the TEAM Inc. board of directors. As a tax preparer, he helps people complete their returns at a library. He also has provided technical assistance and quality control at the TEAM site, and created a family budgeting program for TEAM clients. Rabinove is treasurer of the TEAM board.
Living Treasure Award
Carol Osgood volunteers at the Bishop Wicke Café, acting as a personal shopper for residents, filling in as needed at the Wellness Center, and plays piano for the residents at all three Wesley Village communities. She also accompanies the Wesley Height Chorus on the piano and began a program where the residents gather to sew sleeping bags for the homeless.
About the volunteer awards
The Volunteer Recognition Event took place June 26 at the Valley United Way office in Shelton to celebrate National Volunteer Day.
Nominations were requested by agencies and local community groups to honor both individual and group volunteers that have given their time and attention to benefit others and initiated advancement in the Valley’s physical, intellectual, cultural or moral condition.
Other honorees were:
—Diane Berti of Seymour (senior at Seymour High), Outstanding High School Student Award
—Nicole Herriot of Ansonia (formerly of Shelton), Outstanding Volunteer Award
—Marian O’Keefe of Seymour, Living Treasure Award
—David Pantalone of Ansonia, Sharon Bryce Holly Community Hero Award
To learn more about volunteering
To learn more about the Volunteer Action Center or to find a volunteer opportunity, go to valleyunitedway.org or call Patricia Tarasovic at 203-926-9478.
Valley United Way is a philanthropic resource for the Valley towns of Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour. The organization funds programs and organizations serving youth, families and people in crisis.