Bob Wells was out at the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club again Saturday, helping paint and move some exit lights.
Such volunteer work has been routine for Wells, 57, who has been donating his time and energy to the club since he helped start it in 1971.
But Saturday was a little more special. Before heading out to the club, Wells was honored for his 22 years of service at the kickoff event for the 1994 Campaign Drive for United Way of Douglas County.
Wells received the Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Award, the highest honor the United Way bestows each year on a local volunteer.
"He helped the agency grow as it moved three times and allowed girls as full members of that organization, and he helped them expand their facilities," said Diane Mullens, president of United Way of Douglas County Inc.
Wells has also helped the agency by being in charge of its newspaper drives and serving as its resident electrician, Mullens said.
Wells said volunteer projects help to bring people from all walks of life together.
"When everybody's out there working, whether you're a doctor, you work in a filling station or whatever, everybody's the same," he said. "It's a great equalizer."
Several other volunteers were recognized Saturday for their community service.
The volunteers and the organizations that nominated them were: Paul Dickens, Project Acceptance; Jean Etherton, American Red Cross; Margaret Haggan, Health Care Access; Robert Lewis, Hospice Care in Douglas County; Lois Llewellyn, Douglas County Child Development Assn.; Monte Monfore, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County; Steve Nash, Headquarters; Dwayne Peaslee, United Way Allocations Committee; Mary Kay Schmelzle, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County.