May 7, 2015 For Immediate Release
Four Outstanding Volunteers Honored Thursday Morning at “Lives of Commitment” Breakfast
Faith in Action Volunteers of the Broome County Council of Churches Presented
17th Annual Awards Breakfast
Four long-time volunteers in the Greater Binghamton community were honored Thursday morning at the 17th Annual Lives of Commitment Awards Breakfast, presented by the Faith in Action Volunteers program of the Broome County Council of Churches and held at Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton.
Frank and Dianne Emick were the Faith in Action Volunteers Honorees, receiving the award in recognition of their many years of committed volunteering, especially in service to seniors in need. Providing transportation and friendly visits through Faith in Action, they have also been actively involved in Meals on Wheels through the Broome County Office for Aging, as well as participation at St. Andrew’s and St. John’s. Prior to retirement, both were employees of UHS. Married for 47 years, they have lived in the Binghamton area for more than 50 years.
David Alexander was the Broome County Council of Churches Volunteer Honoree. A long-standing volunteer with the Council, Alexander participates in Faith in Action’s Ramp It Up youth mentoring/wheelchair ramp initiative; often hosts the “Encounter” TV program; and assists with the CHOWbus. A life-long resident of Broome County, Alexander retired as Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Union and as Program Coordinator at Binghamton University.
Community Honoree was Gail Goldberg, who has served in countless volunteer capacities throughout Greater Binghamton, including Lourdes Hospice; the Caring Community Committee (co-chair) of Temple Concord; and president of the Foundation for Improving Lives of Developmentally Challenged Individuals. She is also a leader of Osteoporosis strength training and arthritis exercises, and Self-Management of Chronic Disease/Diabetes for older adults. A trained instructor in Tai Chi, Ms. Goldberg has led over 400 participants to better health through Broome County’s Falls Prevention CDCP program. Before retiring in 2001 she worked for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Faith in Action Volunteers is a program of the Broome County Council of Churches. Its volunteers represent a cross-section of age, race, gender and religious traditions and coordinate more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service per year through Ramp It Up, the Senior Living Ministry, Grocery Days, Social Connections groups, and its volunteer matching service for transportation, visits, shopping and more for seniors.