Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2013 Heart of the Community Awards: A Celebration of Volunteerism in Our Community

Watch the video of Terrance Harris, winner of last year’s Individual Volunteer Award at the Heart of the Community Awards, for a glimpse of inspiration-in-action.

Terrance Harris may not be a name you have heard of before, but his actions speak louder than words. When Harris’s newborn daughter became very sick with a disease called HLH, it drained his family’s finances and tested their spirits. He turned to the Volunteers of America (VOA) Family Relief Nursery for support and childcare assistance. Once his daughter made a full recovery, he felt compelled to help others facing similar hardships. Inspired by his grandmother and driven by his children, Harris became a dedicated volunteer and an active leader with VOA. Harris had very personal reasons for volunteering and recognized first-hand the importance of a strong community. He even linked his men’s church group with VOA programs, creating a stronger network of concerned citizens.