Cleburne County Cares held a volunteer awards breakfast on Thursday, May 4, to recognize the many dedicated volunteers who in 2016 provided 19,446 volunteer hours of service to Cares. During that time the Food Pantry served 4067 people and distributed 110,897 pounds of food. In the area of homeless prevention, 281 families were helped with utility payments, 78 families were helped with rent and 23 people were helped with medical, dental or pharmaceutical needs. Cares also helped five other non-profit organizations who requested assistance. These were the Breakin' Bread Soup Kitchen, The Other Side, The Call, CASA, and Margie's Haven House.
Fifty-five volunteers attended the awards breakfast Thursday morning. Sharon Pattison, Thrift Store Manager, who herself has given over 750 volunteer hours, presented the awards to the other volunteers. A special mention was made of Alice Crawford who died this year at the age of 92. Mrs. Crawford had volunteered at Cares for over 20 years. Special recognition was also given to Irma Prentice who has served for many years as the secretary of cares and as the editor of the newsletter. Joan Dilley provided the decorations for the breakfast and arranged for door prizes which were awarded at intervals during the morning.
Board member Matt Clegg gave a presentation on a planned "We Care" campaign and sought approval from the volunteers for an updated logo for Cleburne County Cares.
Cares Board President Joe Tournear also introduced Rev. Elwin Ollar who is the President of the Cares Community Advisory Council.