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GRACE Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Names Volunteer of the Year

Apr 30, 2015 09:18AM ● By Audrey Sellers

It was a packed ballroom at the DFW Hilton Lakes on April 24 for GRACE’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Kevin Archer of Providential Realty Partners received the top honor from Grapevine Relief And CommunityExchange (GRACE): Volunteer of the Year. Archer’s volunteer work has benefitted GRACE for more than a decade, including his service on the GRACE Gala committee since 2012.

Archer played an integral role in the purchase of the building adjacent to the Food Pantry and Community Clinic building and provided his expertise on increasing GRACE’s accessibility to a larger population.

“It’s our pleasure to serve GRACE, because we love how [GRACE] changes the lives of people who didn’t know where else to turn or children at risk for hunger, and families who need to be strong again,” Archer said in a press release.

GRACE works to mobilize the human resources of its community, helping men and women employ their vocational talents and expertise to serve those less fortunate.

In 2014, volunteers contributed nearly 54,000 hours serving nearly 2,000 people, and more than $1.3 million in labor and in-kind services were provided, according to Texas state standards of volunteer values.

Program Volunteers of the Year were:

Food Pantry: Janie Stewart and Bonnie Pasienski

Clothing Room: Stacey Brooks

Emergency Assistance: David Rea

Donation Station: Dorothy Mattingly

GRACEful Buys: D’Ray Rice

Style & GRACE: Susan Molster

Clinic: Alma Ramirez

Friends & Family: Terry Meyers

Board Member: John Elieson

Transitional Housing: First Baptist Church of Grapevine

Youth: Connor Gleghorn

Development/Special Events: Stacey and Chris Archer

Seasonal Programs: Audrey Miller

Volunteer Group: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints