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Volunteer of the Year Award

April 22, 2021
Categories: Our Community

Each year, VMRC honors a volunteer who goes above and beyond with the Claude Hess Distinguished Service Award. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients are Wallace and Carolyn Hatcher. VMRC’s volunteer services manager, Emily Shickel, says of the couple, “Many people consider retirement a season of life when you slow down – those people are not Wallace and Carolyn Hatcher!” In addition to the tremendous financial support they’ve given VMRC, the Hatchers have served nearly 3000 hours of volunteer time on the VMRC campus since becoming residents.

They’ve given of their time helping escort wheelchair-bound residents to and from weekly chapel services, shared their musical talents, served on a vast number of committees and have been an integral part of the success of the VMRC Bargain Center. “Although they would never accept the credit, they are the essential lifeblood that keeps our bargain center running,” says Emily.

The VMRC Bargain Center is a small-scale thrift shop located in the Park Gables building on the VMRC campus. All profits from the bargain center go to the Employee Assistance Fund, a fund available to staff who experience an unexpected hardship such as an expensive medical bill, a utility cut-off notice, or unanticipated car repair. Employees in good standing receive money from this fund with no strings attached and are never asked to repay this money.

Wallace and Carolyn volunteer at the bargain center nearly every day and their impact is evident. When they started volunteering, the bargain center was raising around $10,000 per year. Since their involvement, that number has nearly doubled!

On behalf of the staff members who have directly benefited from their dedicated service and the entire VMRC community, we thank Wallace and Carolyn for who they are and what they do.


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“For us, volunteering gives us the opportunity to meet people from all areas of the VMRC campus and has broadened our perspective and understanding of the community we now call ‘home’.”

- Carter and Mary Ellen Lyons