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Dawn Schweisgut of Hellertown, PA, decided to spruce up her local animal shelter with a "Volunteer Team Challenge" proposal. Her proposal to her employer Capitol Blue Cross not only helped rehabilitate the place but also led to The President's Volunteer Service Award from The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
While studying in Animal Behavior College (ABC) certified veterinary assistant program, Schweisgut volunteered at the Center for Animal Health and Welfare animal shelter near her home and continued her volunteer service after she graduated. When she heard about the Volunteer Team Challenge, which asked seven companies to compete to have their project idea to help renovate a non-profit agency selected, she wrote up the work that the shelter needed.
After Schweisgut's proposal made it through the process for final selection, it brought the shelter volunteer help from twenty-one Capitol Blue Cross employees and their families as well as $15,000 worth of building material. The shelter now has new walking paths and a bright, new space where dogs have more room to exercise, socialize, and train as shown in this video.
The President's Volunteer Service Award from The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation thanks and honors Americans who by their demonstrated commitment and example have inspired others to engage in volunteer service.