Each year at the annual Farm to Table Feast, G.A.L.A. presents the Volunteer of the Year award to a person, or in this case family, that has demonstrated a significant commitment of time and energy to further G.A.L.A.’s mission. The chosen recipient accepts the symbolic G.A.L.A. Watering Can, which they hold onto until they pass it along next year. This particular token of appreciation reminds volunteers that just as a plants only blossom with proper watering, G.A.L.A. only thrives with committed volunteers. We are proud to announce that the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award goes to . .. The Cashman Family! Congratulations Janis, George, and Ben!
It was impossible to pick just one member of this inspiring trio. From study circles, to solar raisers, to yogurt delivery pickups, to spring cleanup at the office, to working the bike blender at the farmers market, to collecting waste vegetable oil for the G.A.L.A. truck, to laying mulch at the Food Pantry Garden, this family says “YES” with a smile. They are a fearless team always willing to lend a hand and eager to learn about more ways to get involved. In fact, it’s hard to keep up.
If you see any of the Cashman’s, be sure to congratulate them on this achievement and thank them for their commitment to “translating sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective, and fun!”
Volunteer of the Year 2010: Willie Swaffield
Volunteer of the Year 2012: Cashman Family