United Way Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a four-part series highlighting volunteers for United Way agencies. Volunteers will be honored April 30 at the Boys and Girls Club at 5 p.m.

When CBA Vision Rehabilitation needs something done right, they know just who to call Kris Hirsch from Cummins. For five years, Hirsch has organized a team of co-workers to check off the organization’s “to do list.” Most recently, he oversaw the replacement of ceiling insulation and tiles following a roof leak. He always leaves the office tidy and even fixes things not already on the list.

Executive Director Lisa Goodell said, “We could not afford to pay for the types of handyman and contractor services that we regularly need. Kris has a personal connection to CBA from his grandfather receiving our services and that makes his contributions even more special.”

Ken Hardley has been donating his time and energy playing music as part of the entertainment for the participants at the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Taft and Present Center programs in Jamestown for over five years. Hardley is one of the favorite entertainers who come to perform for many special events and programs. He has the ability to get people out of their chairs and up on the floor dancing having fun.

Frank Bercik, executive director, said, “Ken is an outgoing and caring gentleman. His willingness to donate his talent and time helps make the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. what it is – a place where older adults get together to socialize, have fun and meet new friends.”

For many years, Chautauqua Striders hosted a holiday event in which children from Striders programs could “shop” for gifts for family members. A group of students from JHS appeared ready and eager to help make this endeavor possible and among them was Alexander Harvey.

Pam Gustafson, academic coordinator, said, “He made an immediate connection with the kids by putting on a Santa hat and a smile.”

Harvey has always had an interest in helping kids and continued to do so as a volunteer tutor at Fletcher’s Afterschool Program. Currently in his second year of tutoring, Harvey has become someone the kids rely on and someone they look up to as a positive role model.