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OPB Honors its Top Volunteers for Service and Leadership

OPB | April 23, 2013 2:52 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 12, 2013 9:37 a.m.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) honored its volunteers during a 2013 Volunteer Recognition event at OPB on April 18. Among those recognized were two recipients of The Jan Henderson Volunteer of the Year Award—in the areas of Service and Leadership.

Receiving the Service Award was Sharon Puterbaugh, a volunteer working in corporate support, on membership drives and events. She has been donating her time and talents to OPB since 2005, giving more than 220 hours.

This year’s Leadership Award recipient, Lee Anne Barham, has been volunteering with OPB since 2003 and has contributed more than 300 hours of service in that time. Barham has worked on the “Our Town” series for the OPB Radio program Think Out Loud since 2012.

The Jan Henderson Volunteer of the Year Award was created in honor of its namesake, Jan Henderson, a committed OPB volunteer who left her mark on OPB for future decades of volunteers. The award recognizes those who commit to OPB’s mission and go above and beyond expectations every day of volunteer service.

“Volunteers support OPB in many ways and we are grateful for the work they do for us,” said Jennifer Brown, manager of volunteer resources at OPB. “From answering phones for membership drives to providing office support, assisting with events and more, they make a tremendous difference for our organization every day.”

In addition to the Leadership and Service awards, OPB volunteers were also honored for their number of years of service to OPB. This included Carl Nielsen, Brenda Ray Scott and Colleen Watkins, who have been volunteers for 20 years.

Following on the heels of OPB’s volunteer service awards is National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 22-26. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

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