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Commissioners Recognize Volunteer Heroes

On Thursday, June 17, 2021 the Board of Lake County Commissioners recognized two volunteer heroes for their exceptional service to Lake County.  Both Don Berlin and Deborah Hahn were presented with a Certificate of Recognition during the meeting. 

“The Board of Lake County Commissioners is honored to recognize both Don and Deborah for their dedication to serving others during the pandemic,” said Commissioner John Hamercheck, president of the Board of Lake County Commissioners. “They volunteered without hesitation to benefit those in need.”

Don Berlin volunteered at several food distributions, including the Lake County Mobile Food Pantry beginning in May 2020 and continues today.  Don also assisted at the Lake County General Health District COVID vaccine hotline for several months assisting seniors to register for an appointment.  Don is also an active Meals on Wheels and Northeast Ohio Drug Repository volunteer.

Deborah Hahn is a regular volunteer for the Vineyard Food Pantry in Wickliffe.  During the pandemic, she continued to volunteer each week preparing the food pantry for the weekly distribution.  Deborah does not drive and took Laketran to and from the food pantry, to provide food to those in need.

“We are fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers providing much-needed services throughout Lake County during the pandemic,” said Commissioner John Plecnik. “They are both deserving of this recognition for their hard work in providing essential services.”

Commissioner Ron Young added, “It is individuals like these two volunteers that inspire us all to assist others.  They are a true testament to the generosity of the human spirit.”

The Lake County Volunteer Network assists individuals interested in volunteering with finding a meaningful volunteer assignment. For more information on volunteering in Lake County contact Volunteer Services Coordinator, Cristen Kane, at 440-350-5360 or email [email protected].