Tarpon Springs resident and Clearwater group honored for their time
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast will announce Lynne Burghardt as Goodwill-Suncoast Volunteer of the Year, and the Clearwater Wednesday Sorter Ladies as Volunteer Group of the Year on Friday, April 13. The awards will be presented during Goodwill’s BookWorks recognition luncheon at 11:30 a.m., at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 7th Ave. (Ybor City), Tampa. 10 News Anchor Carolina Leid will serve as master of ceremonies for the luncheon.
Goodwill-Suncoast Volunteer of the Year 2018 – Lynne Burghardt, Tarpon Springs
Lynne began reading for the BookWorks children’s literacy program in 2003 after retiring from her family plant nursery. She is a very busy great-grandmother who also volunteers with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pasco, teaches Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and participates in various events such as the Special Olympics and the Hunger Walk. In 2017 Lynne spent 157 hours reading to 42 children and distributing 11,770 books for BookWorks! Lynne says she gets more out of reading to children than they get from her, and she is loved and praised for the wonderful job she does by the teachers and directors at Lemon Street R Club and Sonlight Daycare. Lynne is a fantastic ambassador for the BookWorks program, inviting others to join and securing donations for the program.
Goodwill-Suncoast Volunteer Group of the Year 2018 – Clearwater Wednesday Sorter Ladies
Since August of 2017, the Clearwater Wednesday Sorter Ladies group has devoted its time volunteering in BookWorks’ Clearwater Book Room. The group began when Anne Faehnel saw information about BookWorks online and dropped by to check out the Book Room. She soon recruited four dedicated volunteers and is known as our “Master Recruiter.” The five sorters that make up the group are Anne, Karen Baumbach, Emily Destefano, Carmen Khavarian and Rose Schulz. All of the members are wonderful BookWorks ambassadors and they are the first group of sorters to win the award in 19 years. They also brought in books during our annual Book Drive, help with Elementary School Book Drops, and devote extra time and hours whenever needed.
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida including employment services, training and job placement for people with disabilities, a children’s literacy program, affordable apartment communities for seniors and people with disabilities, and community corrections programs. For more information, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast is a 501(c)(3)