Annual Celebration

The Friends Program celebrate the contributions of our remarkable volunteers.  We annually marshal a corp of more than 800 volunteers who devote themselves to helping others.  Here are but just a few notable volunteers that have been honored in the past by the organization for their time, talent and compassion. Stay tuned for a celebration event in 2022!


James S. Doremus Award

This award is given in honor of longtime Friends Program Executive Director Jim Doremus.  Jim served the Friends Program for 22 years.  In honor of his dedication, the Board of Trustees in 2008 elected to present this annual award in his name.  The James S. Doremus award is given to someone that has provided long-term volunteer service to the Friends Program, valuable contributions or may have worked to serve the organization.

 2008 - Douglas Bouchard
 2009 - Robyn Cotton
 2010 - William Matthews

 2011- Sherri Vincent-Crisp

Sheri Crisp 2011 Doremus Award winner

 2012 - Charles Willing, Jr.

 2013 - The Walton Family

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2014 - Robert Larsen

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2015 - A. Robert Couch

Bob Couch

2016 - Alan Andrian

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 2017 - Steven Arndt

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 2018 - Jerry Madden

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In selecting the honorees listed below, Friends program staff chose volunteers who are emblematic of what the Friends' four Programs represent. Volunteers are the essence of our organization. Universally they are caring, giving individuals who place great value on helping others in their communities.

Emergency Housing Program

 2014 - Steve Gamlin

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 2015 - Donna Norlund

EH Nordlund Arolyn certificate

 2016 - The Concord Food Coop

Emergency Housing Award

   2017 - Marcy Charette

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Foster Grandparent Program

 2014- Ellie Collins

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 2015 - Victoria Chaffee

FGP AnneVivkie Eileen

 2016 - Linda White

Foster Grandparent Award

  2017 - Belmont Elementary School

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Retired Senior Volunteer Program

 2014- Caren Bonisteel

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2015- Cay Bowman

RSVP Bowman Eileen Katie 

 2016 - Cy & Gordon Sherman

RSVP Award

   2017 - Ralph Appleby

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Youth Mentoring Program

 2014 - Sue O'Connor

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                                             2015 - Susan Scarello

YM Susan Zoe Maureen

 2016 - Betty Lenehan

Youth Mentor Award

 2017 - George Smith

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All the honorees listed above are well deserving of recognition and represent all of the other volunteers who support the Friends Program.