Woman honored for her volunteer work

Marlene Singer has a love for the Johnstown area and helping those in need. Her efforts in volunteering with Johnstown Walk of Hope and various other community health initiatives were recognized Tuesday, when she was honored with the 19th Volunteer Spotlight Award presented by Lift Johnstown.

“This is very humbling,” Singer said. “I’ve been part of the process with Lift Johnstown helping to choose other people who have received these awards, and I know how much it’s meant to them, so I truly didn’t expect this. But it comes at a very good time for me, and it’s very appreciated.”

Brad Clemenson, Lift Johnstown coordinator, presented the award and plaque to Singer at Big Dogz Restaurant in Stonycreek Township. He said Lift Johnstown encourages community service and works to recognize people who are making a difference in the area.

“There are so many people in our community who give back in so many ways, and we try to find some of the ones who go above and beyond the call of duty and make sure they know they are appreciated,” Clemenson said. “We like to encourage people to get involved as well as recognize people who have done some amazing things, and certainly Marlene Singer has done a lot of great things for our community.”

A snippet of the nomination for Singer reads: “As a registered nurse, Marlene has devoted her time to many nonprofit and community health initiatives at the Community Foundation, speaking on opioid awareness, healthy lifestyles and many other community health issues. With the time she devotes, her efforts, her positive attitude and incredible work ethic, Marlene is the definition of a true volunteer.”

When the National Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life decided to leave the Johnstown community, Singer organized and for the past three years has coordinated the Johnstown Walk of Hope event, which provides assistance to those faced with the expense of a cancer diagnosis. The event has raised more than $30,000 each year and supports the UPMC Cancer Center, Conemaugh Cancer Center, Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center and Children Are Precious Fund.

“I enjoy the challenge, and it’s very rewarding to try and make the community a better place,” she said.

Lift Johnstown honors volunteers on a quarterly basis. New nominations may be submitted next week.

To nominate someone for the Volunteer Spotlight Award, call 814-536-5107 or visit www.liftjohnstown.org.

Article from the July 31, 2018 Tribune Democrat. Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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