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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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This years theme for our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon was Volunteers Plant the Seeds of Kindness, and our volunteers would put the Huntington Gardens to shame with the amount of seeks they plant. Yet while volunteers took center stage, it is also for all our sponsors who do so much for the center as well.

Our Volunteers of the Month from July 2014 - June 2015 were : July - Terri Long, August - Bonnie Hubers, September - Linda Nix, October - Diane Kassotis, November - Junior Carrillo, December - Carol Rosales, January - Aneta Giltner, February - Don Harper, March - the Kitchen Crew (Virginia Kauztman, Don Clay, Marge Booth, Joan Breiten, and Rosetta Love), April - The Food Program Crew (Junior Carrillo, John Henry, and Marty Martinez, May - Dave & Judy Borgshatz, June - Betty Snyder. Each were presented with small tokens of our esteem, personalized pots with Aloe Vera plants in keeping not only with our plant theme, but also our drought consciousness. Each volunteer of the year also received commendations from the political dignitaries.

However, the highlight came with the announcement of the Volunteer of the Year. Tears came to Pennys eyes when she began talking about Dianne Kassotis. Penny described how Dianne stepped up big this year when she took over the Travel Office, going from a one day a week volunteer to 5 days a week.

Wed like to thank all the volunteers, including those that could not make the awards ceremony, for their constant and unwavering desire to help improve the center and the lives of others. Without them, the Center would not be what it is today. Special thanks go out to the many sponsors of the event, especially Title Sponsor, the San Manual Tribe of Mission Indians, without whose generosity, this event would not have been possible.