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Outstanding volunteers lauded

Shai Jackson, seated at left, greets Brian Daldorph after they received special awards at the United Way’s 25th annual Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Awards on Wednesday. Jackson won the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Daldorph was the 2010 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for leading the men’s writing program at the Douglas County Jail. In back, other honored volunteers gather for a group photograph.

Shai Jackson, seated at left, greets Brian Daldorph after they received special awards at the United Way’s 25th annual Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Awards on Wednesday. Jackson won the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Daldorph was the 2010 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for leading the men’s writing program at the Douglas County Jail. In back, other honored volunteers gather for a group photograph.

April 22, 2010

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Local volunteers honored at banquet

Community volunteers were honored during an awards ceremony at the United Way banquet Wednesday. Several of the recipients have worked extensively with the Boys and Girls Club in town. Enlarge video

Volunteers from all over the area Wednesday packed the Lawrence Community Theatre, 1501 N.H., as United Way’s 25th annual Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Awards took place.

Twenty-five nominees were honored for their hours — and years — of hard work in the community, including Brian Daldorph, the 2010 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.

“It was a surprise to me because I didn’t even know I had been nominated,” Daldorph said. “This is a great group of people doing great work in the community, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Daldorph leads the men’s writing program at the Douglas County Jail. The program has become one of the most popular classes there, county jail leaders said. Daldorph takes writings from inmates and turns them into a published format for them to keep.

Dan Schamle, left, and Al Hack greet each other after the 25th annual Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Awards on Wednesday. Hack received a Lifetime Service Award for his 15 years of work with the Boys and Girls Club. Schamle was honored for his longtime volunteer service with Headquarters Counseling Center.

Dan Schamle, left, and Al Hack greet each other after the 25th annual Wallace Galluzzi Volunteer Awards on Wednesday. Hack received a Lifetime Service Award for his 15 years of work with the Boys and Girls Club. Schamle was honored for his longtime volunteer service with Headquarters Counseling Center.

The evening also recognized four youth members of the community. Shai Jackson, 15, received the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County. Jackson began her work at 5 and has been a top fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2009, Jackson raised more money than any other individual in Douglas County, reeling in $1,475.

Organizers say her work continues to impress.

“I was excited, and I was happy,” said Jackson, who raised more than $1,000 again this year for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Lifetime Service Award, in its second year, went to Al Hack. For 15 years, Hack has worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. He has served on the board and as a community advocate. He is now the club’s board president.

“I latched onto the Boys and Girls Club about 15 years ago and I haven’t let go; it’s just great fun. I don’t have any idea what the number of hours are, but they’re all well spent and they’re a wonderful way to spend your time,” Hack said. “It’s not as important to me as it is trying to get that message out to other people who have time. Maybe they don’t have resources to donate, but they certainly have time, to be sure that they volunteer.”

Hack challenged everyone in attendance Wednesday night to take one person in and mentor them, teaching them how to volunteer and how it can benefit the Lawrence and Douglas County community.

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