2008 Volunteer of the Year Awards Held in Topeka

Outstanding volunteers received recognition Wednesday.

The United Way of Greater Topeka's Volunteer Center held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Awards Luncheon. More than 40 individuals, organizations and businesses were nominated in 14 categories, from disaster response, cultural and education to community impact and youth service.

Volunteer Center Director Barbara Lundquist says this area is lucky. She says she moved here just over two years ago, and has found the best, most giving volunteers. She says there is truly a spirit of watching out for one's neighbor. Plus, she says it's an attitude that is being passed down from generation to generation.

The group Independent Sector says people in Topeka and Shawnee County gave 1,150,456 hours of their time last year. The group values those volunteer hours at $21,594,059.32, all extending the budgets of local service organizations.

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