3 Mukilteo Library volunteers earn national honor

By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 19, 2017

Last year, David Wachob was the first Mukilteo Library volunteer to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

This year, he’s glad to have company as he and two others will receive the national honor during an April 22 ceremony at the Sno-Isle Libraries Service Center in Marysville.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my volunteer time at Mukilteo library,” Wachob said. “I am glad to see that there are three bronze award winners from Mukilteo.”

Wachob, Randi Grossman and Huey-Jon (Amy) Liaw are among 36 Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers from various branches slated to receive the award. They are among 30 volunteers who will receive the bronze award. Five will received the silver award and one – Linda Patterson of the Mountlake Terrace Library – will received the gold award.

The president’s award honors those who achieve the required number of hours of volunteer service over a year or cumulative hours over a lifetime. The award recognizes milestones of service achievement and includes bronze, silver and gold levels for annual service.

Wachob began volunteering in February 2015 shortly after retiring from Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

“I wanted to keep busy in retirement and wanted to volunteer in Mukilteo close to home where my wife and I have lived since 1997,” he said. “I chose to volunteer because I wanted to give back to the community and provide a service that was important.”

Wachob has been flexible with his schedule to help cover other volunteer absences. He is noted for his attention to detail, accuracy and efficiency.

Grossman is known for her smile and genuine kindness demonstrated to library customers. She also will stay beyond her schedules shift to help others.

Like Wachob, Liaw also began volunteering in 2015, working with the children’s librarian and helping out on programs. She also shelves items, pulls materials requested by customers and helps cover open shifts.

“Nearly 700 people give their time and talent toward the mission of Sno-Isle Libraries,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “Each of our volunteers helps the 22 community libraries better serve the customers and their communities.”

President’s award honorees receive a commemorative pin, certificate and letter signed by the President of the United States. In addition, five of the 36 presidential award recipients were also nominated for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Another five were also nominated for Governor’s Service Award, which recognizes Washington's citizens who dedicate their time and talents to help others in their communities.

Congressman Rick Larsen said he supports the volunteers, their efforts and the award program.

“I commend the volunteers receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award,” said the 2nd District Democrat. “I hope their exceptional service encourages more folks to get involved with their local libraries and give back to their communities.”

While volunteers have long played an important role with Sno-Isle Libraries, the volunteer program was formalized in 2006, resulting in an immediate jump in service hours. In 2010, Sno-Isle joined the President’s Volunteer Service Award as a certifying organization and 2015 was the sixth year Sno-Isle volunteers have been honored with the awards.

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