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County Executive Honors Albany County Volunteers for Community Service

4/24/2014 10:50:00 AM

The awards were presented to those county residents who over the course of the year have donated their time and energy to help others.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today hosted the annual County Executive’s Volunteer Awards where five individuals were cited for exemplary community service. The awards were presented to those county residents who over the course of the year have donated their time and energy to help others.

“Once again, we come together to honor the great people who live here in Albany County who give of themselves for others,” said McCoy. “Those we honor today are people of all ages and walks of life who live across Albany County are taking action to help others. That is gratifying to see as we all work together to help our community. I want to thank all those who submitted nominations. We deeply appreciate all they do to help the community.”

This year’s honorees have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service and represented a range of causes.

Here are the Winners of the County Executive’s Volunteer Awards for 2014:

  • Charlotte Fuss of Altamont: As an active member of the Hilltown Seniors and the Albany County Department for Aging Advisory Board, Charlotte coordinates meal programs and activities for seniors in the Hilltowns. She also serves her community as a member of the Knox Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 
  • Marge Mineau of Albany: As the Little Sisters of the Poor prepares to close its doors after 143 years of service to the community, Marge has been a constant presence. She has been a loyal and dedicated volunteer at the facility for 50 years. 
  • Margy McKenna of East Berne: Margy has proven to be invaluable at the Capital City Rescue Mission and her service was exemplified this week when she coordinated the annual Easter dinner at the mission where hundreds of people enjoyed a hot meal and 25 Easter baskets were provided to children. She also helps the office staff managing the finances. 
  • Richard Walker of Watervliet: Every year hundreds of residents, school children and other groups visit the USS Slater on the banks of the Hudson and Richard has been a longtime volunteer. For the past 16 years he has done it all from working as a tour guide, a storekeeper, doing maintenance and organizing events. He helps keep the Slater ship shape. 
  • Dave DeVoe of Albany: Since learning in 2006 that his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Dave has given of his time to volunteer for the organization. He also volunteers for the Special Olympics Torch Run. 

Those receiving honorable mentions include:

Roger Dames, of Albany for his work with the Albany County Traffic Education Safety Program, where he assists with child safety seat checks and bike safety programs in the county. 

Dr. Robert Lamar, of Slingerlands for community service with Colonie Senior Services. Dr. Lamar serves as a member and director with more than 20 local organizations. 

Donald Keyer, of Altamont, for his volunteer services with the Albany County STOP-DWI program and Ed Frank’s Choices 301, where he helps educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Antonia Thompson, of Albany, who serves as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate with the county’s Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center. In that role, she provides phone counseling to victims and other assistance as needed. 

“I am deeply grateful to these volunteers for the work they do for the communities and organizations they serve,” said McCoy. “There is no way we can put a price on the time, energy, skill and dedication these individuals provides to the people of Albany County.”

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy