90-year-old GRPD member is volunteer of the year

Lenore Reynolds (courtesy MSP - Feb. 28, 2014)
Lenore Reynolds (courtesy MSP - Feb. 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A 90-year-old woman from Grand Rapids has been named Michigan Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year.

Lenore Reynolds received the award at a special ceremony in her hometown on Feb. 13.

The Michigan Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the Citizen Corps volunteer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to his or her community,” according to a news release.

“Ms. Reynolds’ passion for volunteering and her steadfast mission of giving selflessly to others is what made her the obvious choice for this year’s award,” Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division Commander Capt. Chris A. Kelenske said in a news release on Friday. “Anyone who talks with her can hear the enthusiasm she has for helping her community and making a difference.”

Reynolds is a 19-year volunteer veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department, and joined the inaugural class of the Senior Volunteer Neighborhood Services program in 1994.

She continues to donate hundreds of hours of service year round through the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program by checking homes when residents are on vacation, collecting found property, enforcing disabled parking zones, and assisting police at special events and celebrations held throughout the city.

Reynolds is instrumental in recruiting members for the VIPS and participates in other Grand Rapids community-related programs, officials said.

She volunteers two days a week as a grandparent teacher’s aide at an elementary school, assists with clerical work one day a week at a local university, and crochets hats for newborns leaving hospitals.

Citizen Corps is a national program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administrated by the Michigan State Police that encompasses five community service branches: VIPS, Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps, Neighborhood Watch, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). There are more than 1,000 Citizen Corps volunteers in Michigan.

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