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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

APRIL 14, 2015

    Volunteers at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio received special recognition to include honoring the Volunteer of the Year during the 24th annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet held Tuesday, April 14.

     Volunteer Jim Scruta of Napoleon was named the CCNO Volunteer of the Year for 2014.

     Jim has been a dedicated CCNO Volunteer since 2001.  In 2014, he donated 241.5 hours of service, the second highest number of hours to be donated during the year.  Jim serves as a religious volunteer, assisting with services for the Monday night men’s Bible study groups as well as the Thursday night Catholic services.  He has also helped out with special services and events scheduled throughout the year.  In addition to completing the four-hours of basic training as a volunteer, Mr. Scruta completed 40 hours of non-security specialized training at CCNO which allows him to transport offenders to and from various services.

      Jim was nominated for the honor of Top Volunteer in recognition of his years of service as a dedicated CCNO volunteer in addition to serving on the Reach Up Board and other community agencies. He retired from the telecommunications field, now spending time boating and enjoying the outdoors.  He serves as the exalted ruler for the Maumee Elks Club and also participates in the Revelations Retreat prison ministry program that helps the Wounded Warrior project.

     CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said, “Jim has been a valued volunteer.  His attendance is consistent.  The inmates count on Jim and the groups he comes in with.  We are excited to honor Jim for his services.  Jim has a bit of a drive from Maumee which is his second home.  I know he values what he does.”

     Also receiving recognition were two other volunteers who were considered for the top honor.

    Balde Bejarano of Defiance was named Top Volunteer for the third quarter of 2014 for his active part with the Catholic group as well as helping distribute reading glasses and Bibles to the offenders.  He also serves as a Reach Up Board member and assists with special events at CCNO.  Balde has been a CCNO volunteer since 2010. 

     Ann Seigman of Defiance was named Top Volunteer for the fourth quarter of 2014.  She serves as an instructor of the HARC program and helps donate Bibles on behalf of the Gideons.  She has been an active volunteer since June 2012.

    During 2014, some 235 volunteers offered services at CCNO and donated 9,405.75 hours.  According to the Corporation of National and Community Service, an hour donated by a volunteer amounts to $22.55.  When totaled, that amounts to $212,099.66 worth of services and programs provided to offenders at CCNO.

     Services and programs provided by volunteers include religious services, Bible studies, one-to-one counseling, substance abuse education classes, HARC life skills classes, AA services, story book project, parenting, baptisms, and serving on the CCNO Citizens Advisory Committee.  Volunteers are from Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Williams and Lucas counties.  Some 22 different denominations provide services to offenders each day at the jail.

     CCNO is currently in need of AA volunteers, especially female AA Volunteers.  Volunteer applications can be found on the CCNO web page at www.ccnoregionaljail.org.  All applicants must pass a criminal background and attend a training orientation.  For further information on becoming a CCNO volunteer contact Manager Linda Shambarger at linda.shambarger@noris.org or 419-428-3800, ext. 406.


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