June 2018 "Volunteer of the Month" recognition

Four Lane County citizens honored for community service

Junction City Volunteer Fire Department

Health and Well-being

The Junction City Volunteer Fire Department helps the community in times of crisis, putting out fires, rescuing children and so much more, all by volunteering. Some members of the team have been with the department for more than 40 years.

Volunteer hours: Too many to count

“This team deserves a thank you for all the efforts to help as first responders on the scene. Their impact is huge on the community in such times of need.”

— Rhett Powers, Med-Tech Resource, LLC

Johnna Harms

Arts and Culture

Harms has volunteered for the Maude Kerns Art Center for more than 20 years. She helps with art receptions and class registrations, answers the phone, helps in the gift shop and guides tours during the popular Día de los Muertos exhibit. She has a particular interest in the center’s namesake.

Volunteer hours: About 10 to 12 a week, plus extra as needed

“Johnna is very much a part of our organization and seems to derive a great deal of satisfaction from this sense of belonging, just as we appreciate her many contributions.”

— Marsha Wells Shankman, Maude Kerns Art Center

Grace Schade

Children and Youth

Schade, a student at Roosevelt Middle School, volunteers in the Rainbow Room at the Eugene YMCA, socializing with 21/2 to 4 year olds through art and playtime. She assists with cleanup, and she reinforces the importance of healthy eating. Schade also brought books and games from home to share with the children.

Volunteer hours: About 3 hours a week

“I am inspired by the kindness in her voice around the children and her acceptance of the classroom’s diversity. She is quiet, calm and reliable.”

— Maude Muir, Eugene YMCS

Sharon Docherty

Education and Schools

Docherty has been volunteering at the Arts and Technology Academy library since September 2017. She has implemented a system for tracking missing books and has increased the number of books in circulation for middle schoolers. She also coordinates a book wish list on amazon.com.

Volunteer hours: As many as 60 in the past year

Docherty “has created a welcoming, warm space that provides students with choice and engaging variety.”

— Julie Henning, Arts and Technology Academy, Wolf PAC chairperson