Volunteer of the year five volunteers earn accolades for selfless service post news fortcampbellcourier.com

“This is a chance for the command group to realize how big of an impact volunteers make,” he said. “Having division here, seeing and hearing about all of the things volunteers do, gives them a better understanding of [volunteers] humongous impact and everything they give to this community.”

Keyona Raby won the Child and Youth Services category. Tracey Boyle won the Community Service category. Nicole Robinson won the Other Agencies and Organizations category. Lindsey Resnick won the Family Readiness Group category, and Pryce O’Connor won the Youth category.

“The atmosphere here tonight was so thick with love and joy,” Raby said. “Everyone was cheering for one another.

I know that if I hadn’t won, it would have been totally OK, because I know the award would have gone to somebody else who worked just as hard or harder than me.”

Raby was nominated for the award by Hugh McKinnon, Barsanti Elementary School principal, for her work as the president of the school’s Parent Teacher Organization. “[Raby] is one of the hardest working and most dedicated volunteers I have known,” McKinnon said. “She is always thinking of new ways to help the students and the school and always finds a way to bring her ideas to action. I don’t think there has been a day [during the school year] that [Raby] was not at the school working on one of her many projects.”

After joining the Army at 18 years old and serving for 14 years, Raby medically retired at 33 years old. Since then, her hours have been dedicated to improving the community. In 2017, Raby volunteered thousands of hours. In addition to her service at Barsanti, she volunteers with Chapel NEXT, Protestant Women of the Chapel, and Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.

“I love volunteering. It’s just who I am. I’m a giver. I love to give back. I can’t just sit back and watch. I have to get my hands dirty,” Raby said. “This is my new mission. I had missions in the Army, so now my personal mission is to just keep serving.”

“It’s nice to be recognized. Most of the time what I do is kind of behind the scenes. Most of the time people don’t even realize that I am volunteering, they think I am an employee,” Robinson said. “It’s so nice to just hear that I’m doing a good job.”

“There are a lot of people who are never recognized and will volunteer for years without it, but sometimes, especially when things are harder … when your work isn’t going well or it’s very frustrating, it’s nice to get that moment where you realize the wider community cares about what you do, even if they don’t see it 90 percent of the time,” Robinson said.

“[Robinson] is very conscientious and a hard worker. She has the vision to help our office grow and develop programs to help the community,” Wyatt said. “We are … especially proud Nicole was selected. She is very deserving as she takes the initiative to help our office fulfill our duties to the Soldiers and Families of the Fort Campbell community.”

At the end of the ceremony, Krohn, along with the award winners, presented a $3,307,275.90 check to the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell for 134,115 volunteer hours served. Each volunteer hour is estimated to be worth about $24, according to the estimated national value.

“You didn’t [volunteer] because there was any money or accolades involved. You did it selflessly. If there is any community that know about selfless service … you do,” Royar said. “You are the ones who pick up every couple of years and move. You are the ones who go through hardships … spouses being deployed. And yet, you still give freely of your time, every single year – year after year.”

“We don’t necessarily measure success by the amount of money or hours that go into the [Volunteer Management Information System]. Volunteers make changes and impact one person at a time on every level they volunteer. Thank you for setting the example and making sure this community remains the absolute best.”