Mission: Volunteers a cut above the rest

Love was in the air at the Wintersville United Methodist Church on April 11 when Urban Mission Ministries honored its volunteers who gave of their time during 2013.

Accordion player Alex Porreca provided backdrop music that included Italian love songs with mission staff members donning chef’s hats, aprons and mustaches for their rendition of “That’s Amore.”

“Our Volunteers A Cut Above the Rest!” was the theme of the luncheon where guests attending entered “an Italian pizzeria” upon arriving. The lunch menu consisted of salad, pizza and Italian desserts.

Volunteers receiving honors included:

— Doris Harris: Female Volunteer of the Year;

— Tony Thompson: Male Volunteer of the Year;

— Billy Mason, Vera Adams, Shirley Snyder and Estelle Dalton: Quiet Servant awards;

— Steubenville Post Office: Business of the Year; and

— Brentwood United Methodist Church, Wintersville: Church of the Year.

A time of games followed the awards presentation.

“It is the goal of the staff of the Urban Mission to do all we can to make the lives of the families we serve better,” said Linda Smith, the mission’s program director. “With the help of our volunteers, we strive to show love and compassion so our families will know someone cares. What our volunteers don’t realize is that, through their love and support and the thousands of hours they unselfishly gave, they have made the lives of the staff better as well. On behalf of the Urban Mission staff and to the volunteers, thank you for all that you do. You are appreciated,” Smith said.