Sherry Montgomery was named Volunteer of the Year by the Resource Center of Dallas.
The Volunteer of the Year Award and five other awards were presented at the Resource Center’s annual volunteer recognition party in January. Last year, more than a thousand volunteers worked an average of 35 hours apiece at the Resource Center, said Paul E. Scott, executive director.
Scott said the monetary value of those volunteer hours is about $615,000.
The Resource Center of Dallas operates the AIDS Resource Center, the Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center and the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
Montgomery has been a Resource Center volunteer for the last six years. She is a volunteer HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases counselor at the Nelson-Tebedo center and has assisted with drawing blood and working at the clinic’s front desk.
Scott said Montgomery also played an important role in the recent remodeling project at the clinic.
“Sherry has such a giving spirit, and she shares this with so many people in need,” Scott said. “She is always helping someone.”
The Kroger Grocery Store on Cedar Springs Road received the Randolph Terrell Award for 2005.
The award is named in memory of the former Resource Center board member who co-founded the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner and was a recipient of the dinner’s Kuchling Award for community service.
The Randolph Terrell Award is presented each year to an individual, organization or business that has made outstanding contributions to the fight against anti-GLBT discrimination and to helping those with HIV, Scott said.
Scott said the Oak Lawn supermarket has been “a faithful supporter of HIV and gay and lesbian causes in Dallas,” and has donated thousands of dollars worth of food to the Resource Center’s Nutrition Center each year.
The store also co-sponsors the annual Neighborhood Fall Festival for children. The Resource Center and the Oak Lawn Library are co-sponsors of the festival, Scott said.
George Hacker, a volunteer with the Nutrition Center, received the Suzanne Wilson Award, presented by the AIDS Resource Center staff.
The award is named in memory of a former AIDS Resource Center client who was also a dedicated volunteer and the first member of the center’s Speaker’s Bureau, Scott said.
Hacker volunteered 1,645 hours with the food pantry in 2005.
The John Thomas Award is given each year to by the staff of the community center to an individual or group that has “contributed significantly and selflessly” to GLBT individuals, Scott explained.
This year, the award went to Phillip “Phil” Clemons, who maintains the center’s courtyard landscaping, Scott said. Clemons has also helped organize various Resource Center areas and worked with refugees from Hurricane Katrina last fall, Scott said.
The Bill Nelson Award is presented each year by the staff of the Nelson-Tebedo Health Resource Center to an individual or group that has contributed significantly to people seeking services at the clinic. David Litz, a Resource Center volunteer since 1994, won the award. The Bruce Long Award this year went to Roy Lierman, who has volunteered for more than two years in the administrative offices with Toast to Life, the center’s largest fundraiser.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, March 3, 2006.