VISALIA, Nov 14, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Lisa Butler was awarded the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award during a ceremony held at the USDA Rural Development Service Center in Visalia yesterday. USDA Rural Development State Director Glenda Humiston presented Butler with the award on behalf of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.
"Lisa is an inspiration for all Americans proving that every hour volunteered makes a difference in the quality of life for others," Humiston said. "I encourage everyone to contribute to their community by volunteering, if only for a few hours. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation, through their commitment."
In her day job, Butler helps rural communities throughout Kings and Tulare Counties build and repair water and sewer systems, as well as a wide variety of community facilities including libraries, health clinics, police and fire stations, and many others. Outside the office, Butler volunteers with the Tulare County 4-H Club and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Visalia. In the past year, she provided 157 hours of volunteer service between the two organizations. Butler lead's the 4-H club's Food and Nutrition Project and Dog Care and Training Project, as well as serving as the Confirmation Leader at her church.
The President's Volunteer Service Award was established in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. Awards are presented to individuals, families or groups that meet the minimum volunteer hours. The Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award is presented to adults providing 100-249 hours of service.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $174 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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