Category Archives: Volunteer of the Month

APD Volunteer of the Month Enjoys Helping Others

When police officers and staff see Diane Kiel at the East Police Service Station, it’s hard to tell she’s a volunteer. “She interacts well with everyone, works hard and always has a smile,” said Office Coordinator Zipporah Slater, who nominated Diane Kiel for City of Arlington Volunteer of the Month recognition. Since Diane Kiel began arriving at the East Police Service Center a year ago, she has proven that she can do just about any task that needs to be done. Whether she is working on an in-service training spreadsheet for officers or organizing the district’s personnel filing system, Diane Read more…

May Volunteer of the Month: Steve & Mary Kunkel

Steve and Mary Kunkel have volunteered with the Arlington Animal Services for nearly five years.  Steve is a dependable volunteer who will come in on Saturdays to assist with group volunteers and tours.  Steve also is the “fix-it man” around the shelter and is called upon when we need something handled quickly. His wife Mary is our Laundry Coordinator, who is just as dependable as her husband.  Even after 35 years of marriage , this power couple enjoys traveling around the globe and taking care of the animals at Arlington Animal Service Center. These two volunteers go hand in hand, Read more…

Golf Volunteer of the Month: Gary McCue

The March Volunteer of the Month, Gary McCue, is one of the guest services attendant for Arlington Golf. He started volunteering at Ditto Golf Course in July  of 2013. Gary, a retired plant manager from Tyson and Farmland Foods, has always enjoyed a nice day out on the links. His work ethic and genuine care quickly landed him multiple days on the volunteer schedule. Before staff members knew it, he added Lake Arlington and Meadowbrook to his duties. Colleagues are quick to point out Gary is an extremely valuable asset to Arlington Golf. Each facility is relieved when McCue is Read more…

February Volunteer of the Month: Lea Ann Hirth

Congratulations to February Volunteer of the Month for Fire/CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Lea Ann Hirth. Lea Ann has been on staff with Grace Community Church for over 15 years.  As the Director of Community Services, she leads efforts to reach out to the community. This ministry encompasses outreaches to the Arlington Life Shelter, the Christian Women’s Job Corp, Habitat For Humanity, and many others, as well as cooperative work with other city services such as Mission Arlington and The Red Cross. Lea Ann led her church efforts to become an approved Red Cross Shelter, serving effectively in Hurricane Ike. Read more…

Volunteer of the Month Led Community Web Page Redesign

Volunteers are always looking for ways to advance the mission of the Arlington Police Department. West District Volunteer Coordinator Gary Krishnan is one of those people. While his recruitment efforts alone have more than doubled the number of volunteers serving in the West Police District, Krishnan recently capitalized on an opportunity to improve the “I am Community-Citizens Assisting Police” web page. He said the goal was to make the page more user-friendly. He wanted the site to become a one-stop shop for those interested in volunteering with the Arlington Police Department. Krishnan worked with Volunteer Coordinators from all police districts Read more…

Volunteer of the Month: Bob Studer

If you have ever visited City Hall on a Tuesday afternoon, you’ve probably encountered Bob Studer sitting at the Information Desk, flashing his million dollar smile and a willingness to provide directions or information. Bob has been helping City Hall visitors in this capacity for the past three years. “I get a sense of satisfaction knowing that I make a difference. I make a person’s visit to City Hall a bit more comfortable,” said Bob. For his dedicated service, the City Manager’s Office would like to congratulate Bob on being the November 2013 Volunteer of the Month. Before he retired, Read more…

Volunteer of the Month – Lindsey Hurr

Congratulations to Lindsey Hurr for being named the citywide October Volunteer of the Month. Lindsey is very dependable and passionate about the animals at Arlington Animal Services.  She is a true animal advocate and will go over and beyond to try to get an animal adopted. Lindsey spends time with potential adopters to help them make a conscious decision to adopt the right animal.  She volunteers at the Animal Services Center whenever she can and also participates at shelter adoption events.  Lindsey was very instrumental in the success of the National Pit Bull Awareness program held at Animal Services on October Read more…

Volunteer of the Month – Cynthia Stamper

Cynthia Stamper has volunteered with the Arlington Public Library since she retired in November 2008.  During her professional career, Cynthia worked as a forensic accountant for the federal government. Prior to that, she was a certified public accountant.  She has always wanted to work in a library and knew that this is what she wanted to do when she retired. Growing up in Bossier, Louisiana, Cynthia was surrounded by books and readers.  Her parents were teachers, and the library was her second home.  She fell in love with mysteries as a young girl and specifically with the Nancy Drew series. Read more…

Volunteer of the Month – Coach Vincent Davis

Coach Davis is the head coach for the Arlington Bulls, a team affiliated with the Arlington Parks & Recreation Department.  Davis, who always has a smile on his face, began coaching for the department in 2012.  He caught the “coaching bug” and has been a part of the program ever since, welcoming new kids to the team each season with open arms. Each registration period, we have a full team of kids requesting to play for Coach Davis.  His enthusiasm and passion for the game make him appreciated by all, and he is one of the reasons the baseball program Read more…

Volunteers of the Month – Meet Katressa and Darlene

Congratulations to Katressa Molett and Darlene Tapia – both volunteer interns with the Victim Services Unit – for completing their undergraduate degrees. Both women recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Katressa and Darlene remain enthusiastic about volunteering their time to help the Arlington community. In particular, the two women are both extremely passionate about providing crisis counseling and resources to individuals dealing with traumatic situations.