New Taylor award program recognizes volunteers

June 6, 2006

TAYLOR – In an effort to sing the praises of the unsung hero, Mayor Cameron G. Priebe has initiated a new award program.

The Citizen Volunteer Award will recognize Taylor residents that exhibit selfless dedication to volunteer efforts in the community.

“Taylor residents do some pretty amazing things to benefit our city – most of it behind the scenes and without praise or thanks,” Mayor Priebe said. “We hope that by acknowledging their efforts, we can bring to light the inspiration that drives these citizen volunteers. That sort of thing is catching. We want people to get involved in helping others in their hometown.”

The first award was presented during the June 6 City Council meeting to Claire Catherine Brown, a 22-year volunteer at the William Ford Senior Activity Center. According to RSVP, a senior volunteer program, Claire averages more than 1,000 hours of service per year.
Claire is a lifelong Taylor resident and the mother of two daughter, Nancy and Janice. She has two grand children and two great grandchildren.

Claire helps answer telephones and helps with other guest reception tasks at the center. She books dinner and theater trips for senior outings and can tell you about some of the best places to eat – both in and out of the Downriver area.

According to Claire, the only time she actually missed coming to the Senior Center to help was when she was in the hospital having hip-replacement surgery.

“I enjoy what I do at the Ford Center,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of good friends there. I’ve also lost some good friends from there – that’s the hard part of the job.”