United Way Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth 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.

Chautauqua County RSVP is recognizing John “Jack” Kachermeyer for over a decade of service helping older adults file income tax returns through the IRS’ free volunteer income tax assistance program.

Not only has Kachermeyer prepared hundreds of returns over the years, he handles all the “behind the scenes” prep work needed each tax season such as ordering supplies, teaching the classes, mentoring and testing the tax counselors. From February through April 15, Kachermeyer and his counselors are inundated with hundreds of clients requesting tax assistance. They accommodate as many clients as they can and ensure that each person is given individual attention and assured their claims are complete, accurate and timely.

Deb Basile, project director for RSVP, said, “Jack’s most important quality is his kindness. He gives of his time to our agency and the people he serves.”

George Panebianco is well known in the community for a variety of roles, but his 22 years of volunteer service to the Jamestown Area YMCA has left a permanent mark on the organization. He has served several terms on the Board of Directors where he continues to champion fundraising endeavors. This is important to Panebianco because of the children who benefit from access to excellent programming and facilities they might otherwise find unaffordable. He has logged hundreds of hours as a volunteer coach and referee. Panebianco also has a signature “Ho-Ho-Ho” that can be heard in the Chautauqua Mall at Christmas where he does some very special volunteer service.

“George will do anything we need as long as it benefits the kids,” said Mark Eckendorf, CEO. “He is liked by everyone and makes even the toughest meetings better with his positive attitude and sense of humor.”

By December of this year, Charlotte Carlson will have served on the YWCA of Jamestown Board of Directors for a total of 18 years. During that time, she served as Board President and on the Personnel Committee. Carlson supports the organization’s mission with her expertise as well as through active involvement in fundraising activities.

In fact, she is well known for the wonderful baskets she assembles whenever needed.

“At our Mistletoe Mart, everyone wanted to win Charlotte’s Christmas Extravaganza Basket,” said Beth Oakes, executive director. “Not only did it contain great items, but it was always beautifully arranged.”