Without its dedicated volunteers, STEP could not fulfill its mission of engaging diverse individuals, families, and communities in the pursuit of social and economic success. The largest volunteer base at STEP is that of STEP Office of Aging's programs, including the Home-Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) Program and Senior Community Centers.
More than 200 volunteers from the Lincoln, Loyalsock-Montoursville, George Meck and Messiah senior centers were honored with a luncheon at Messiah Senior Center on in April.
Volunteers who donated the most hours of volunteer service at each senior center, as well as those with the highest number of years of service, received award certificates. Receiving "Most Hours of Volunteer Service" awards at their respective centers were:
Marge Schwartz - Lincoln Senior Center, Williamsport.
Dick Reis - Loyalsock-Montoursville Senior Center.
Bernie Losell -George Meck Senior Center, Muncy.
Christine Schultz - Messiah Senior Center, South Williamsport.
Additional awards were presented to Richard Wehler, who received a certificate for being the Ombudsman volunteer with most hours donated, and Ray Humphrey, who was honored as the APPRISE volunteer contributing the most hours.
Receiving certificates for "Years of Service," with special mention for those who have served 25 years or more, were:
Theresa "Babs" Esposit, 42 years.
Bernie Kibbe, 41 years.
Millie Brennan, 36 years.
Gladys Reeder, 35 years.
Mona Robinson, 34 years.
Edna Schooley, 27 years.
Charles Tice, 26 years.
Lois Hunt, 26 years.
Charles Paris, 25 years.
Theresa Tice, 25 years.
Shirley Ranck, who completed 43 years of service in January, passed away in April and was remembered for her dedication to the STEP Office of Aging.
Gloria Croak of the Renovo Senior Center was this year's recipient of the George C. Meck Award for the "Most Hours of Volunteer Service" in the STEP Office of Aging service areas of Lycoming and Clinton counties. Croak provided 991 volunteer hours operating the Renovo Senior Center during the transition period between staff managers.
A separate banquet to honor the volunteers of the Jersey Shore, Clinton County, Mill Hall and Renovo senior centers was held April 26.
Receiving "Most Hours of Volunteer Service" awards at their respective centers were:
Perl Shirk - Clinton County Community Center, Lock Haven.
Donna Welshans - Jersey Shore Senior Center.
Betty Weaver Mill Hall Senior Center.
Gloria Croak - Renovo Senior Center.
Volunteers receiving "Years of Service" award certificates, with special mention for those who have served 20 years or more, were:
Dorothy Hess, 20 years.
George Myers, 20 years.
Fontella Smith, 27 years.
Wilbur Lingle, 29 years.
A special congratulations to Gloria Croak of the Renovo Senior Center, this year's recipient of the George C. Meck Award for the "Most Hours of Volunteer Service" in the STEP Office of Aging service areas of Lycoming and Clinton counties.
Croak provided 991 volunteer hours operating the Renovo Senior Center during the transition period between staff managers.
The value of volunteer time in Pennsylvania is approximately $20 per hour.
More than 1,700 STEP volunteers provided over 70,000 hours of service in 2012.
After calculating STEP's total volunteer hours - 70,000 - the value is $1,400,000.