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 the contributions Dave has made to their department. Since he started volunteering in 2014, he has been tackling and completing projects that the team has been struggling with for years. Dave has spent countless hours behind the scenes filing, scanning and organizing files.
"Super Dave" continues to work on major projects, which allows staff members to be more organized and efficient and helps them assist the citizens of our great city 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.
When the fence at a Senior Police Officer’s home (who had recently experienced a stroke) fell during a storm, the amazing Lowe's team went to work donating fencing and labor to help that officer in his time of need. 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 learn work skills and the skills necessary for making the transition into adulthood beyond public school. They gain skills for independent living, employability and community participation. By working with local businesses that have an agreement with the district, 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. Over the course of 2018, I-CERV members volunteered more than 4,284 hours across the HEB, Grapevine, Dallas, Carrollton, Plano and Frisco areas.
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. The Chesney’s have more than a working relationship with the City of Euless, they are like family. Andy and Debi's willingness to give back to the Euless community is remarkable. 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 assist 6 Stones fundraisers, donate their time and employees for the training of first responders and citizens attending Police, Fire and CERT classes by donating vehicles for training. Andy and Debi are ready and willing to help out however they can.
Police Chief Mike Brown said, “They are a big part of our community. They are always there as a full partner in whatever we’re doing like working accident scenes or helping to celebrate community events and accomplishments. We consider Andy, Debi and the employees of B&B to be an extension of the Police and Fire Departments. I always say, when 9-1-1 needs help, we call them.”
Parks and Community Services Director Ray McDonald said, “They’ve never said no to any request and are always willing to help in any way they can. They’re always glad to do so whether it’s helping pull cars out of the mud to providing trailers for parades.”
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!