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County Executive McCoy Honors Albany County Volunteers for Community Service

April 05, 2019

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy hosted the 2019 Albany County Executive’s Volunteer Awards ceremony today and honored seven local individuals for exemplary community service. The awards were presented to a diverse group of county volunteers who have donated their time and energy to help others.

“It is so important to acknowledge and thank the inspiring individuals who demonstrate outstanding volunteerism in our community,” said County Executive McCoy. “For the seventh year now, these awards have been reminders of the exceptional people we have here in Albany County, from firefighters to those who mentor our youth, and those who have donated their time, skills and expertise to improve the lives of our residents.”

Winners of the County Executive’s Volunteer Awards for 2019:

Deanna Colfels: Deanna is passionate about making a difference in the community. She supports the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) as a financial donor and event volunteer. She is a longtime committee member for A Taste of Albany, and most recently organized an event that involved community members sewing colorful handmade pillowcases to give back to multiple programs and services, including guests at the Albany Homeless Shelter.

David Eads: David has selflessly served countless hours to the Catholic Community at the Church of Saint Clare. He has volunteered in various ministry areas including Buildings and Grounds, Finance, Liturgical, and is now completing his term as Trustee of the parish. He has most recently applied for and received a substantial grant that provides the parish with state of the art technology, enhancing the educational growth and opportunities to the parishioners of St. Clare’s.

Lieutenant Stephen Leeper: Stephen dedicates hundreds of hours each year to the Latham Fire Protection District to protect the community. He teaches classes, supervises work details, checks apparatus and equipment to ensure readiness, leads fire prevention details and activities, responds to emergency calls, upgrades and oversees IT communications systems as well as lends a hand to other emergency responder agencies needing assistance.

Brittney Moore: Brittney is a Senior Pastor at Spindle City Vineyard who has inspired her congregation to clean up community areas and volunteer at many community events. This spring, Brittney and 300 volunteers will be completing construction work to improve the City of Cohoes.

William Schwartz: William, or Bill, has served his local community and the greater Albany area for over 45 years. While serving as Superintendent of the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk School District, Bill was a founding Board of Directors member of STARS Intergen Corp. and played a key role in the program’s success. Bill is also a member and Past President of the Greater Ravena Area Lions Club, his temple, B’nai Sholom, and serves Senior Services of Albany and the Albany County Department of Aging as a HICAP volunteer as well.

Anna White: Although she is a busy full-time student studying at the Albany College of Pharmacy, Anna consistently demonstrates values of leadership, teamwork and compassion by donating over a thousand hours to the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center 24-hour hotline. She now provides crisis intervention, counseling and support to survivors of sexual violence.

Kendall Williams: Kendall is a young man who encourages lower-income kids to channel their frustrations into positive actions like writing poetry, lyrics and music to help improve their reading and writing skills. He has inspired youth to write songs about their aspirations and plans for a better tomorrow, instead of poverty and street violence.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy