Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Matthews Branch hosted its second annual Winter Celebration to honor volunteers on Sunday, February 12. Two volunteers, Feiwen Walker and Peggy Dixon, received the Ed Maag Volunteer of the Year Award for their dedication as volunteers for 2011. They each received an engraved glass star.
Walker and Dixon started volunteering at the Matthews Library in 2008. As of July 1, 2011, Walker has volunteered 263.5 hours and Dixon has logged 248.5 hours volunteer hours. Both often go above and beyond their regular schedule and are always willing to do whatever it takes to get the task accomplished.
The total number of volunteer hours at the Matthews Branch since August 1, 2011, is 5,214 hours. That represents an average of 869 hours each month with an average of 105 volunteers giving of their time.
Branch manager Laura Highfill said, “We really have some wonderful volunteers! Some will drive by the library, see the full parking lot and come in to help shelve a cart of books. Others will not pick up their holds until they shelve something, and still others insist on staying later than their shift in order to help out if they see that things are getting backed up.”
The Matthews business community donated more than $2,500 in gift certificates for door prizes for the event. The full listing of donors can be found at the Matthews Branch.
Said Highfill, “There is an English Proverb that states, ‘A good book is the best of friends.’ Not only does the Matthews Library have good books, they also have the best of friends in their volunteers.”
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