Published DateLACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) agency staff, board members and volunteers gathered at the downtown Laconia Office on May 15 for a breakfast gathering to recognize volunteers who contributed their time and services to help LRCS carry out its mission.
This year, 26 individuals volunteered at the LRCS Laconia and Plymouth offices. Included were seven undergraduate and graduate student interns from the University of NH, Plymouth State University and Lakes Region Community College. Working at a large and varied social service agency, the interns received hands-on experience.
"Internships offer a wonderful real-life learning opportunity for students and the students in turn contribute their energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to our agency," commented Christine Santaniello, Executive Director of LRCS. "We hope their experience here carries on to their chosen careers."
This year's volunteer's also included 14 people who serve as outreach volunteers for the 'Welcome Baby' program, visiting over 25 families to welcome newborns into the community. Welcome Baby is one of many programs offered by the LRCS Family Resource Center (FRC) that relies on volunteers to help support their busy staff.
"We have amazing volunteers that help us welcome families to events and programs and assist with childcare and parenting programs," said Karen Welford, FRC Director. "Our resources are always stretched by program demands and our staff so appreciate the contribution of our community volunteers and interns."
LRCS volunteers gather with LRCS HR Director Bob Leda (center) at an appreciation breakfast held May 15 in Laconia. (Courtesy photo)