YMCA honors adult and youth volunteers

By Kitsey E. Burns

May 1, 2014

YADKINVILLE — The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina recently honored the Yadkin Family YMCA’s adult and youth volunteers of the year for their service to strengthen the foundations of community at the organization’s 125th Annual Celebration on March 27.

The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina honors adults who demonstrate exceptional volunteerism and consideration toward others with the YMCA Strong Award. Carolyn Fulton was selected by the Yadkin Family YMCA.

Fulton is a board member and has been a storyteller for the annual giving campaign for the past two years. In 2013, she secured 58 gifts, which helped the Yadkin Family YMCA serve more members in the community. She is also a volunteer for the Bright Beginnings program and believes in helping children have a great start to the school year.

Cirilo Benitez and Jesus Garcia, YMCA Youth Leadership Award recipients, both attend Yadkin Early College High School. Benitez and Garcia volunteered to coach youth soccer at the YMCA, where they demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship to the kids on the team, and helped to improve their soccer skills.

“The Y could not exist without the support of volunteers. These members of the community give their time and talent to make the Y’s work possible,” said Tres Fordham, executive director of the Yadkin Family YMCA. “Carolyn, Cirilo, and Jesus truly represent the YMCA mission of, ‘Helping people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.’”