Volunteer Honor Roll

To recognize the important contributions of volunteers to non-profit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and the community at-large, United Way for Southeastern Michigan presents the 2023 Volunteer Honor Roll. Honor Roll members were nominated by organizations and fellow community members who recognized the differences each of these volunteers have made in our community. Read more about the work of volunteers in our community here!

Susan Betterly

Lighthouse of Michigan
Susan has dedicated an indescribable amount of time, knowledge, care and kindness to and has been essential in improving the lives of those we serve.

John Bland

Developing Kingdoms in Different Stages (K.I.D.S.)
For over a decade, John has chaperoned field trips, supported with event set up and clean up and mentored. He is also a donor and advocate for Developing KIDS with his community, network and family members.

Ann Bonds

Leader Dogs for the Blind
For the past 3 decades, Ann has committed to helping people who are blind or visually impaired achieve a life of independence through her dedication to helping and raising Future Leader Dogs in Rochester Hills.

Albert Boswell

LifeChurch Riverside Detroit
Al is an advocate for young black men to have the support they need to get to college, and to graduate from college.

Torion Bridges

United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Torion is a community leader, community advocate and always puts people first.

Mary Brown

Vista Maria, VM Reads
Mary’s unwavering dedication to serving vulnerable youth, combined with her love of reading, has changed hundreds of lives and created a generation of young book lovers.

Deema Bunni-Basil

Center For Success Network at Brilliant Detroit
Deema is inspiring students to learn in a way that represents themselves and their interests. She is able to fuel their eagerness to discover what ignites their passion and it translates in their reading level increasing to then above grade level.

Jerry Chamberlain

Oakland HOPE
Jerry has been a volunteer since May 2020. He also collects and recycles over-ripe pantry produce and drives out to a farm several times a week.

Carrie Conkright

The Senior Alliance
Carrie goes above and beyond to serve seniors in our community through our various programs.

Jacob Dall

Kids On The Go
Jacob is an asset to our organization as a volunteer and represents the belief we have that a diagnosis does not define a person.

Mark and Julie Dinger-Sanders

Community Volunteers
Mark and Julie are the Dream Team volunteers who bring as much hilarity and kindness as they do expertise…and we would be lost without them!

Kathy Emrich

First Step
Kathy is helpful, dedicated and kind! She’s a great support to our clients and staff!

Ron and Cynthia Epperson

Reaching and Discipling, Inc, Hope Care and Beyond
This couple loves people and understands the importance of the human connection, especially for those in the refugee and immigrant community who have often had to flee their home countries due to war, persecution and natural disasters.

Jacqueline Felix

Center For Success Network at Brilliant Detroit
Ms. Jackie is a true testament to how you can continue to make your dreams a reality if you simply go for it and ask questions, break barriers and keep learning everyday! She shares this with her students she mentors 4 hours a week.

Mike Ferris

The Senior Alliance
Mike showcases the importance of giving back to others and continues to go above and beyond to make sure every client on his holiday meals route gets their meal!

Shadora Ford

Destined for Greatness Mentoring
Shadora and her non-profit exist only to better lives and communities within Detroit. Empowering people to make good choices and healing households to build a stronger foundation of people is what makes Shadora’s work so life-changing.

Michael and Sara Frank

Community Volunteers
Mike and Sara do whatever they can to help end food insecurity and food waste in metro Detroit with a smiling face and a loving heart!

Skylar Rose Gilliam

Detroit Hives
As our “Nurse Bee Mentee” Skylar Rose helps assist our urban bee hive tours through our Bee The Change Program. She loves educating youth her age on the importance of pollinators.

Mary Jo Halcin

CARE House of Oakland County
Mary Jo is a kind soul who greets clients during some of their toughest times, and provides invaluable resources to those who call our facility.

Addie Harper

Wholistic Living Community Development Corporation, Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Americorps, National Kidney Foundation, REACH, The Movement, Girl Power Rules, SAGE
Addie has always encouraged and supported others to volunteer, move forward in their education/trade and be the best version of themselves.

Olivia Harrington

Center For Success Network at Brilliant Detroit
Olivia is only 14 and pledges to be a community hero, and she already is! She is a volunteer mentor to 2 students and positively contributes to her community!

Elise Herner

Center for Success Network
Elise has been a trusted and dedicated mentor to a student for three years, and brings so much joy to their learning journey.

LaTrice R. Herring

Encourage Me I’m Young, Bates Academy, Your Inspired Journey, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, Head Start, City of Detroit Recreation Department
A tireless advocate, active parent and results-oriented supporter; LaTrice is a frontline steward of community excellence and the well-being of others.

Charles Hodge

The Senior Alliance, Area Agency on Aging 1C, Oakland Hope Food Pantry, Blessings in a Backpack, Gleaners Food Bank, Pontiac Meals on Wheels, Community Housing Network, Lighthouse of Oakland County
Since 2009, Chuck has volunteered as a Certified Counselor with the Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program to help beneficiaries save on drug costs.

Tammara Howard

Eastside Community Network, Good Stock Detroit, LEAP Coalition
Tammara has volunteered countless hours at ECN to help the organization by sitting on committees, helping at events, servicing for the community, putting on annual health fairs, setting up her own resiliency wellness hub, working with neighborhood youth and starting her own non profit.

Denise Hurd

Oakland Literacy Council
Denise has opened the door to brighter futures for adult immigrants during the last eighteen years by gifting them with the ability to speak and read English.

Nidhi Ikkurthy

MYVA -Michigan Youth Volunteering Alliance
Nidhi’s mission is to positively impact people’s lives and encourage others to do the same . She has been successful in leading MYVA and encouraging youth to volunteer enhance their teamwork and leadership skills.

Aimon Islam

APIA Vote MI, Michigan Asian Pacific Americans Commission
Aimon has volunteered extensively and tirelessly with various AAPI organizations in southeastern Michigan to ensure that all socioeconomic needs of the community are met.

Lenae Jefferson

The Konnection
Lenae is a total blessing! She’s committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure that the students succeed and have what they need. She won’t stop until she knows each student is ok. She is AMAZING!

Tara Johnson

Community Volunteer
Tara is an amazing volunteer with many skills.

TaNisha Laury

United Way for Southeastern Michigan
Tanisha is so excited and motived to support a space for scholars.

Maryetter Lindsey

Detroit Hives
Maryetter is a committed pollinator in our community. For over 6 years, she has been a faithful volunteer – helping to assist with our garden sites, planting flowers and assisting with community beehive tours.

Lakenya Melton

Peace at Home Childcare,LLC, Community Fairies Foundation, Inc
Lakenya is our commUNITY art therapy fairy!

Ava Mickens

Community Volunteer
Ava embodies the importance of giving back to her community.
She has been taught at an early age to find her purpose and leave her imprint by serving others.

Kelly O’Neill

Mint Artists Guild, Great Lakes Arts Foundation
Kelly O’Neill’s creativity, professionalism and drive show up every time she volunteers, whether she’s registering guests or leading a marketing workshop.

Bob Pick

Oakland HOPE
Bob is one of our favorite volunteers. With a smile and a joke, Bob shows up every day to run the food pantry scale, build boxes and wrangle our paperwork in a very busy pantry that serves over 12 thousand families, seniors, veterans and immigrants with free groceries each month.

Loretta Powell

Eastside Community Network, Neighborhood Detroit, Unaffiliated (Little Detroit Community Garden)
Loretta has committed her time and energy to various projects in the community, including organizing volunteers, spearheading the growth of a local community garden and establishing a lending library. These all demonstrate her dedication to making a positive impact in Detroit.

Lovely Pruiett

Submerge,LLC, Peace at Home Childcare, LLC, Community Fairies Foundation, Inc.
Our Community Fairy of Divine Touch, she takes care of others when they are in need of a sistah friend, massage or a listening ear.

Molly Robinson

Pope Francis Center, Holy Name Parish
Molly is a dedicated, compassionate volunteer serving guests with not only her “5-star treatment” but also the joy, energy and hope she brings into the center every day she serves on a weekly basis.

Carmen Sanchez

The Children’s Center
Carmen is a dedicated Homework Help volunteer. Through weekly tutoring sessions over the past 2 years, she has provided growth, both socially and academically, for the child she works with.

Cel Rose Solak

Veterans Administration
Rose has committed herself to a lifetime of serving veterans and others. She is the epitome of what paying it forward means. Thank you for all you have done for others and given back to your community!

Al Strane

Life Church Church of God in Christ
A former professional baseball player, Al Strane is motivated to mentoring the youth, sharing the love of God, and giving back to the community.

Linda Whitaker

Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club, Matrix Human Services Artworks fundraiser, The Pierians Detroit, Torch of Wisdom Foundation
Linda consistently and creatively gives of her time, her talents, her art and herself to support Mint Artists Guild and our youth artists.

Kristin Whitfield

Center For Success Network at Brilliant Detroit
Ms. Kristin, a volunteer mentor,  recommends any mentor take on another student, and get creative! “You never know, I truly mean that from my heart, what wonderful things can happen when you open up your heart just a little more to children.”

Rob Zarza

The Senior Alliance
Rob goes above and beyond to support seniors in the community and truly believes in the importance of giving back to others! This is shown through his dedication and volunteerism.

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