In 2014, 76 people volunteered 1,081 hours of their time to Smith County Juvenile Services.
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. During a lunch reception on Tuesday, the volunteers were recognized and thanked for their services.
In recognition of dedicated service, the Master Gardeners received the Betty Hayes Volunteer Service Award. Ms. Hayes was the first volunteer coordinator for Juvenile Services. She started 25 to 30 years ago and served until her death about a decade ago.
A group from the Master Gardeners work with kids on probation. Volunteers built a greenhouse behind the Juvenile Services facility and has several gardens there. Master Gardeners volunteers go every Thursday for two hours and work with the kids on probation, teaching them gardening and harvesting skills.
For the Silent received the Leadership Award for its dedication, leadership and commitment. People with the nonprofit organization volunteer at Juvenile Services and teaches girls on probation about the issues and dangers surrounding human sex trafficking.
Janet McDade, who has served as the volunteer coordinator for Juvenile Services for seven years; and Paula Davis, the intensive resource coordinator/probation officer, hosted the luncheon. About 45 volunteers and staff members attended.
Juvenile Services has about 76 volunteers, including six chaplains, seven church groups, two nonprofit organizations and individual volunteers. In 2014 a total of 1,081.5 hours were volunteered at Smith County Juvenile Services. The estimated value of a volunteer as of 2013 was $22.55 per hour, according to an independent sectors value of volunteer time, Ms. McDade said.
Smith County Juvenile Services protects and serves juvenile offenders in the community by screening, investigating, supervising, counseling, and referring services for all juveniles involved in law violations. It also provides detention that is safe, secure and nurturing for juveniles who must remain in custody. The mission of Juvenile Services is to instill respect, discipline, achievement and responsibility in the youth of our community, ensuring citizen safety and security.