MUD FORK — The Logan Empowerment Action and Development (LEAD) Community Organization held a volunteer recognition dinner and celebration on Friday, November 16 at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
LEAD, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, has brought together volunteers from throughout the county to help in litter cleanup, to aid victims of flooding and fires, graffiti removal and countless other projects which improves the area.
Five people were honored with a Distinguished Service Award: Terry Mullins of the REC Center, Carlos Turner for his work with kids, Amy Veres who worked coordinating food for the flood effort, Elizabeth Tackett for her community service work, and Wendy Perry for volunteer work and relief efforts.
This past year, 544 tires were removed from Logan County’s landscaped through the efforts of LEAD. Honored with the Golden Tire Award for their volunteer work were Donovan Wolford, Shawn Wolford, Arnold Campbell, Lawrence Kammerer and Rupie Phillips.
The “Above and Beyond” Award went to the LEAD Advisory member who has made himself available for every event that LEAD conducted — Lawrence Kammerer. The LEADer of the Year award went to Larry Lester for his non-stop work effort supporting people affected by the flood. Lester continues to work in the Mud Fork area. The Silent Partner award went to Maria Copley and Missy Adkins. The Most Hours Served award went to Chantel Burton.
Donovan Wolford received the Youth Service Award. According to Richard Ojeda, LEAD president, Donovan worked nearly every event that LEAD sponsored, including the flood where he loaded up vehicles with cleaning supplies and also assisted in clean up efforts through Mud Fork. He had also participated in the collection of the 544 tires that was removed from the creek banks and off the sides of the road and helped paint over the graffiti through the Holden and Fountain Place locations. Donovan reportedly would get mad at LEAD if an event was held during school hours because he couldn’t participate.
Other honored for their work with LEAD included: W.Va. Senator Art Kirkendoll, The County Commission, Man Lion’s Club, The Mayors of Logan and Chapmanville, The Hatfield & McCoy Trail, The Long Term Recovery Group, Verdunville Church of God, the Word of Life Church, The New Covenant Church, the Cornerstone Church, The Logan Banner, The Stollings Quick Stop, Wal Mart, Shoe Show, The Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter No. 308, The Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, The Marine Corps League, the Purple Heart Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, WVOW Radio, Hot Cup, Nationwide Insurance, Southern Coalition of the Arts, Logan County Autism Association, Omar Crime Watch, Logan County Sheriff’s Dept, Americorps, McGrew Tire, Smith Mine Supply, James Funeral Home, Randolph Industries, Cynthia Gagnon, Logan Shriners Club, Aracoma Drug and the Logan County Day Report.
Speakers at the event included Jenny Gannoway and Cathleen Moxley, WSAZ News Channel 3 anchor from Chapmanville.