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Volunteer Spirit Awards

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Their contributions enrich lives and make it possible to offer programs and services that otherwise would not exist.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Somerset County YMCA celebrated our volunteers at the annual Volunteer Spirit Awards. 

Each year, Somerset County YMCA hosts t the Volunteer Spirit Awards to honor Y volunteers who have inspired us by giving of themselves to benefit the Y and its members. You are encouraged to nominate volunteers - either yourself or another Y volunteer - for one of the award categories listed below. Nominations open in January and are due in March.


Nominees must meet most or all of the following criteria:

  • Spirit enhances the Somerset County YMCA.
  • Impacts and helps foster the Y’s mission, goals and objectives
  • Demonstrates exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation or leadership
  • Serves as a role model for others
  • Exemplifies caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • Has been committed to volunteer efforts for a significant length of time

2018 SPIRIT AWARD Recipients



Active Older Adults Category
This award is given to an individual volunteer who is 65 years old or over and has provided outstanding volunteer service.


Recipient
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Bob Stomber
Somerset Hills YMCA
Adult Category
This award is given to an individual volunteer who is 21 years old and over and has provided outstanding volunteer service.


Recipient
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Carol Delaney
Hillsborough YMCA
Board Leadership Category
This award is given to a Board of Director that demonstrates exemplary board leadership while advancing the Y’s mission.


Recipient
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Joseph Del Buono Somerset County YMCA
Family Category
This award is given to two or more family members who have provided outstanding volunteer service together or individually.


Recipient
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Jim and Leslie Temple
Bridgewater YMCA
Group Category
This award is given to three or more volunteers from a committee, program or corporation whose teamwork provided outstanding volunteer service.


Recipient
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St. Bernards Coordinators and Tutors
Elisabeth Fraser
Cindy McWilliams
Sandy McWilliams
John Smith
Sue Smith
Somerset Hills YMCA
Leadership Category
This award is given to an individual volunteer who by example and effort inspires and recruits others to become involved in the Y.


Recipient
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Meher Mankikar
Bridgewater YMCA | Somerville YMCA
Lifetime Achievement Category
This award is given to an individual volunteer who has made a measurable impact and has contributed a minimum of 10 years of service.


Recipient
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Jody D'Agostini Somerset County YMCA
Living Our Cause Category
This award is given to an individual volunteer who is an advocate for the Y's mission and charitable status.


Recipient
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Heidi Kelleher
Bridgewater YMCA | Somerville YMCA
Philanthropy Category
This award is given to an individual, family, or family foundation with a proven record of exceptional financial generosity and volunteer leadership, demonstrating extraordinary civic and charitable responsibility while advancing the Y’s culture of philanthropy.


Recipient
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John McManus
Somerset County YMCA
Ray of Light Category
This award is given to individual volunteer whose positive attitude brightens everyone's day.


Recipient
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Richa Dwivedi
Somerville YMCA
Youth Category
This award is given to a volunteer who is 20 years old or younger and has provided outstanding volunteer service.


Recipient
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Rishi Bhatnager
Somerset Hills YMCA
Kristin Delcore
Hillsborough YMCA
Kylie Glinsky
Hillsborough YMCA
Alyssa Hesthag
Hillsborough YMCA
Hari Kumar
Hillsborough YMCA
Katherine McAvaddy
Hillsborough YMCA
Krishna Mody
Somerville YMCA
Mitali Patel
Somerville YMCA
Shanaya Sood
Somerville YMCA
Mia Sullivan
Hillsborough YMCA

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