City Of Columbia Honors Its Volunteers

6 years 5 months 10 hours ago Friday, May 18 2012 May 18, 2012 Friday, May 18, 2012 3:15:00 PM CDT May 18, 2012 in News
By: Tatiana Darie

COLUMBIA - Hundreds of volunteers gathered on Friday in the Sunrise Optimist Club Building for a lunch as the city of Columbia honored them for their efforts. City of Columbia representatives and Mayor Bob McDavid handed out diplomas and awards to the city's volunteers of the month during 2011. Last year, volunteers contributed with more more than 49.000 hours toward city programs and projects. This is the largest number of given of volunteer service hours in Columbia, valued at more than $1,000,000.

Volunteers help the city in numerous ways like beautifying streets, picking up litter, helping with teaching and keeping the community safe.

One volunteer was honored with a special award.  Robert C. Smith received the 2012 Howard Lang Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the City of Columbia. Smith was the mayor in 1961 and 1962 and has been involved in the community for more than 60 years.

"Columbia is a great city to live in and I enjoy volunteering on the activities here. Fun thing to do and it's a community where everybody volunteers," he said.

Smith also added that he is very surprised that he was the one to get the award.

"When you think about so many people in town that have done things for Columbia and I feel very honored to be selected for this year."

If you want to know more information about volunteering opportunities in the City of Columbia, check the city's website www.gocolumbiamo.com.

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