(Effingham, IL) C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently held their 2013 annual meeting and special people were recognized that volunteered this year to help the agency achieve its mission. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White, “The agency recognized outstanding acts of volunteerism and active civic involvement to help transform lives and to build stronger communities.”
For giving the gift of valuable time to help others, C.E.F.S. recognized Kathy Lantz, Diane Wagner, and Doris Fair, all of Shelbyville, as 2013 Outstanding Volunteers.
C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Paul White commented, “The agency and program accomplishments would not have been attained without the shared commitment, dedication and involvement of our outstanding volunteers.” White continued, “It was a privilege to honor Kathy Lantz, Diane Wagner, and Doris Fair with the 2013 outstanding volunteer award recognition.”
Kathy Lantz believes in giving back to her community through volunteering. Kathy served on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board in Shelby County since 2006. Kathy also organized the Shelby County Courthouse Employee Food Drive for several years which benefitted the C.E.F.S. Shelby County Food Pantry. When Kathy Lantz retired on December 31, 2012 from her position as Shelby County Clerk and Recorder, she also resigned from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board. In honor of her years of service and dedication on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board, Beth Beck-Marts, Shelby County Outreach Coordinator, highlighted Kathy Lantz for outstanding volunteer service stating that Kathy could be counted on to be in attendance and provide her services to ensure that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds were available to Shelby County residents.
Kathy Lantz is married and has three adult children. Kathy Lantz served as the Shelby County Clerk and Recorder for nine years and worked in that office since 1998. Kathy serves on the 4-H Extension Board and supports several community efforts through her church. Kathy also enjoys spending time with family, traveling, gardening and motorcycle riding with her husband.
Diana Wagner has served as a volunteer on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board in Shelby County since 2007. According to Beth Beck-Marts, Shelby County Outreach Coordinator, Diana Wagner could be counted on to be in attendance and provide her services to ensure that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds were available to Shelby County residents.
Diana Wagner retired April 1, 2013 after fifteen years as the Shelby County Supervisor of Assessments and twenty years of working in the office. Diana Wagner has also resigned from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board. Shelby County Outreach Coordinator Beth Beck-Marts expressed her gratitude for Diana’s dedicated volunteer service on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board which has been a great benefit to the outreach and assistance efforts provided at the C.E.F.S. Shelby County Outreach Office.
Diana Wagner is married with one adult daughter. Diana remains active in the community and serves on the Shelbyville Public Library Board. Diana enjoys walking, reading and motorcycle riding with her husband.
Doris Fair has been very active in her community since retirement from full time work. Doris has volunteered with the Red Cross, the Methodist Church Food Bank and the Plaza Boutique thrift shop that is sponsored by the Shelby County Senior Center. Doris is a volunteer coordinator for the Shelby County Pencil Pal Program. Doris also provides child care and visits those who are sick and homebound in her community. Doris uses her talents to make hats and blankets for premature infants and donates them to area hospitals. Doris has also participated in the Linus Blanket project and made quilts that were given to children in hospitals. Further, Doris is a member of the Shelbyville Assembly of God Church and participates in many of their volunteer efforts.
Program Specialist Amy Ellis noted that Doris Fair has been a huge benefit to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Doris Fair has taken a leadership role with the Pencil Pal Program in Shelby County and has taken the responsibility of exchanging letters between the school children and the volunteers. In addition, Doris has been instrumental in helping to recruit volunteers, keeping the program running smoothly and encouraging the volunteers to get their time sheets in on time. “Doris is always available to help with anything that is needed. Without her help, the Pencil Pal Program would not be the success it is in Shelby County,” stated Amy Ellis.
Doris Fair and her husband Ron have four sons and have been blessed with seven grandsons, one great-grandson and three great-granddaughters. Prior to moving to Shelbyville seventeen years ago, Doris and Ron lived in Decatur for thirty-three years. Before moving to Shelby County Doris worked for at K-Mart for twenty-five years. After leaving K-Mart, Doris took a part time job at the Shelbyville hotel and began volunteering in her free time. When not working or volunteering, Doris enjoys crocheting, knitting, painting, working in her yard, gardening, walking the trails by Forest Park and spending time with family.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has an outreach office in each of the seven counties within their service delivery area. Staff members at the local offices are trained in basic information and referral to assist with problems relative to social services. The staff are trained and certified family and community development specialists who provide intensive case management services to individuals and families. The local C.E.F.S. Outreach Office personnel are usually the first contact made with the agency for assistance. Some major programs offered directly by the offices are: weatherization, energy assistance, Head Start, tax assistance, insurance problems, emergency food and shelter, budgeting and housing counseling. If the Outreach staff cannot assist directly, a referral will be made to other local programs and providers. This program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through the Community Services Block Grant Program.