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Northeast Times | August 14, 2022

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Euless: 2018 Volunteers of the Year Awarded

Euless: 2018 Volunteers of the Year Awarded

The City of Euless is incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful pool of volunteers. Our volunteers selflessly donate their time and energy to work together to make our community FabEuless. We are honored to be able to celebrate the dedication and service of these outstanding people each year.

Volunteer of the Year – Dave Shanahan

We are pleased to present the Volunteer of the Year award to Dave Shanahan, who is fondly known as “Super Dave.” Dave is a weekly volunteer for the Planning and Development Department, as well as a member of the Euless Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association (ECFAAA).

Besides serving as Treasurer of the ECFAAA for many years, Dave has been active in the installation of the Hyda-Storz adaptors on the city fire hydrants, and has worked on many other projects, including fire safety poster judging, the Kids Summer Fire Academy and the Fire Department Rehab team, to name a few.

Members of the Planning and Development Department are very appreciative of Dave. Since 2014, Dave has spent countless hours behind the scenes filing, scanning and organizing files. “Super Dave” works on major projects, which allows staff members to be more organized and efficient and assist the citizens in a timely manner. Big or small, Dave handles them all and he does it with a smile.

Volunteer Business of the Year – Lowe’s

We are happy to once again present the Volunteer Business of the Year award to Lowe’s. Over the years, Lowe’s has been an amazing corporate partner that truly cares about Euless and the people who live and work here. Most recently, it has been instrumental in helping build the Police Department’s “training simulator.” Lowe’s provided the lumber at cost and found a contractor to do the labor at a highly discounted rate. Thanks to Lowe’s, the Police Department was able to build the room and make it completely ready for use with electricity, air conditioning, heating, carpet and paint. The whole project cost $18,000, which saved the Police Department $58,000. Lowe’s also built the walls and obstacle course (at no cost) for the Euless Police Inspiring Champions (EPIC) program. This new program impacts every elementary school-aged child in the city.

Volunteer Youth of the Year – (MARC)

The Youth of the Year award goes to a group of hard-working students from the MARC (Moving into Adult Roles and Communities) program. The Marc Program is a transition service offered by Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and is located at the Transition Center Campus. The students are 18 to 21 years old, have special needs and have met their academic requirements to graduate.

Through the MARC program, students gain skills for independent living, employability and community participation. By working with local businesses, students also gain vocational experience.

Last year, these students performed volunteer work for Euless’ Parks Department. For three weeks, they worked at the greenhouse and the tree farm. They did a variety of tasks, such as raking leaves, cleaning up around the greenhouse, organizing Arbor Daze trees and repotting the trees into bigger containers. In addition, they visited a few parks and planted some trees. This was the first time these students volunteered for the Parks Department and it was a positive experience for everyone.

Volunteer Group Award – I-CERV

We are glad to give the Volunteer Group Award to the nonprofit organization, Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering. Also known as I-CERV, this group is part of the Aga Khan Council for the Central U.S and engages volunteers
from the Ismaili Muslim community in service and seeks to instill notions of civic virtue, selflessness and citizenship. In April, I-CERV mobilized more than 45 volunteers to clean the trails at Bob Eden Park. In June, Girl Scouts of the Ismaili Community brought the community together to decorate and spread over 600 kindness rocks across the Bob Eden Park trails. I-CERV members also prepared and donated snack bags benefiting organizations such as 6 Stones, North Texas Food Bank and City Square.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Andy & Debi Chesney

We are happy to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award to Andy and Debi Chesney. As owners of B&B Wrecker, and lifetime citizens of Euless, they always step up to help the community, the City and the employees of Euless. B&B Wrecker has been a solid corporate citizen in Euless since 1954 and will, we hope, continue to be for many years to come. The support is evident in so many
ways. From towing over 100 cars out of the mud after a rainy Arbor Daze, always attending city events, supporting employee and citizen awards banquets as well as retirements.

They continue to sponsor parks athletics and events, as well as the Trinity Homecoming Parade. They donate their time, employees and vehicles for the training of first responders and citizens attending Police, Fire and CERT classes.
Andy and Debi Chesney truly embody the spirit of hospitality and volunteerism and we couldn’t ask for a better partner in our community.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! We highly value the contributions of these volunteers and appreciate their love and dedication for Euless. Thank you for choosing to spend your time and energy to help make our City great!