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Colusa training program volunteers honored
Volunteers with the Workforce Education & Training Action were recognized for their leadership and participation in projects such as assistance to homeless, arts and crafts volunteers and movie matinee volunteers, Safe Haven volunteer greeters, painters and trainers, Stamp Out Stigma workers, Pay-it-Forward Program, work at the Colusa County Fairgrounds, assistance with special events held in conjunction with the Colusa Theatre and assistance to local business owners.
— Colusa County Sun-Herald
Volunteers for the Colusa County Behavioral Health Workforce Education & Training Action were honored for their hours of service at an end-of-the-year celebration luncheon at Louis Cairo's on Aug. 28.
The program offers training and education through individual and community activities to support wellness and recovery for customers and family members of Behavioral Health.
The training program was established on July 1, 2008, and includes 25 volunteers. This year's tally of donated time back to the community by the volunteers was 3,453 hours.
This is the third year running that Cristy Edwards, owner of Cairo's, has sponsored the luncheon.
"I want to share with you that you are valued in the community," she said to the volunteers.
Edwards encouraged her guests to continue to share honest dialogue with those around them.
"There is nothing to be ashamed of in mental illness," she said. "Choose to continue to love your selves and to work hard," she added. "Do not give up. Continue to hold one another up and together we can make a change."
Peer Support specialist Valerie Stirling and Behavioral Health Director Terrence Rooney presented the volunteers with certificates.
Mental Health Services Act coordinator Dereck Parks said that the program is a vital part of a clients' goal of giving back to the community.
"This program has been beneficial both to the volunteers and the community members with which they come into contact," he said.
Rooney also presented Behavioral Health publicist Kathy Craigo with a special recognition for her volunteer work and dedication to the department.
To volunteer with the program, an individual must complete an application and a formal interview process to be selected for participation.
The volunteers are interested in more opportunities to assist on a local level.
"If your organization would like to invite the volunteers to help at your site, we would love to lend a hand," said Valerie Stirling.
Stirling can be reached at 458-0856. All projects must follow WET Program guidelines and they must be preapproved by the Mental Health Services Act coordinator.