Adjunct faculty member honored for volunteer service
Hurricane Michael, according to the National Weather Service, hit the Florida panhandle with a category 5 rating in October 2018. The hurricane caused 16 fatalities and roughly $25 billion worth of property damage.
Hess provided his account of his volunteer service to Points of Light. He participated in relief efforts while working with ToolBank USA, an Atlanta-based organization that lends tools to people who are recovering from natural disasters.
“We were doing a community clean-up event at a cemetery in Lynn Haven, Florida which had been destroyed in the hurricane, and a retired Navy captain came up to us,” Hess told Points of Light. “The man explained that his wife was buried there, and he was quite emotional as he thanked us. As we worked to get the area back to pre-Michael conditions, it gave us a sense of pride. (Volunteering), it’s not about the tools, it’s about the emotional connection that made somebody’s day better.”
The George H. W. Bush Administration gave its first Daily Point of Light Award in 1990. Points of Light, a nonprofit organization, presently selects winners.
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