Helping hands honored

Rachel Baumgardner is not an average college student.

The Western Kentucky University senior spends her free time volunteering at the Commonwealth Health Free Clinic – filling out charts, screening patients and performing any task to help out.

And her efforts were recognized Sunday when she received the Rookie Volunteer Award as part of the 20th annual Volunteers in Action Awards.

“I was completely shocked by it,” Baumgardner said. “It’s just an honor.”

Baumgardner, three others and one local business were rewarded for giving up their most valuable asset: time.

“We have a great group of people here who are always willing to step up and give time,” said state Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green, who spoke at the event. “It’s easy to give money.”

Local organizations nominate volunteers and the winners are chosen by an independent group of judges, said Anne Grubbs, Community Education Enrichment Coordinator.

“They work so hard, and they don’t do it for recognition,” Grubbs said. “It’s important to give them a pat on the back, and it’s important to set an example.”

Fifteen local people were nominated for the Spirit of Service Award, which recognizes a person who excels in serving others.

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