United Neighborhood Centers Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week

May 2, 2012
Carbondale Senior Center volunteers were presented certificates by Lisa Durkin, UNC Deputy Executive Director. Front row (l-r) are: Lois Lefever, Carolyn Kuntzman, Trudie Steiger, Irene Suchniak, Hellen Shallock, Elsie Mussari. Standing: Lisa Durkin, Jeanette Simmons, Joe Hall, Ann Farrell, Michael Figliomini, Mary Ann Venosh, Clara Montone, Elaine Wormuth, Joanne Corrigan, Cathy Hardaway, UNC Director of Older Adults and Darcy Congdon-Lasavage, Center Manager.

During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania celebrated its older adult volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the agency’s four senior centers- Mid Valley, Carbondale, West Side and South Side. The agency hosted a volunteer recognition dinner where each volunteer with 50 or more hours received a small gift. In addition, UNC representatives visited each center throughout the week to present each volunteer with a certificate of appreciation.

West Side Senior Center volunteers were presented with certificates from State Representative Kevin P. Murphy during a senior health fair held at the Center. Pictured are (l-r) front row: Joe Piastrelli, Betty Kloss, Rosie Battista, Rose Zera, Josephine Stivala, Charlotte Roche, Representative Murphy, Mary Mandarano, Adele Garofalo, Jane Smith, Paul Mielo, Josephine Berardi, Elizabeth Eisenhart, Ann Cherniak, Dora DiGregorio. Second row: Adeline Ray, Paulette McGraw, Rose Van Valen, Mary Howells, Anne Dougherty, Marge Parlo, Vera Bancala, Sally Kurtz, Andy Evanick. Back row: Michael Hanley, UNC Executive Director; Fred Battaglia, Ed Sporko, Anita LaRussa, George Porter, Walter David, Daniel Lucas, Paul Durdan, Larry Parlo, Thelma Wheeler, Patrick McHale, Paul Walters and Laurie Fleming, Center Manager.
South Side Senior Center volunteers gathered after receiving certificates from Michael Hanley, UNC Executive Director. Pictured are (l-r) back row: Wendy Carlin, Center Manager; Cathy Hardaway, UNC Director of Older Adults, Rick Pica, Don Kile, Gene Simonetti, John Koch, Mike Cerato and Michael Hanley. Sitting (l-r): Bill Keib, Rita Wentline, Mina Vargas, Joy Markowski, Joan Ludwikowski, Lois Conway, Debbie Belardi.
Volunteers from the Mid Valley Senior Center were presented with red recognition ribbons and certificates. Volunteers included (l-r) standing: Helen Oravic, Pat Dolinak, Ann Marie Boyko, Ludy Baldan, Frank Krok, Ed Kucha, Carol Schott, Lisa Durkin, UNC Deputy Executive Director and Patricia Coyle, Center Manger. Sitting: Katie Ricci, Ann Pavlisko, Gen Kowalchick, Barb Kucha, Mary Benovitch, Nancy Emm and Bea Dick.