LEAP honors volunteers of the year


FARMINGTON — Rispah Huff of Strong and Carolyn Balsam of Industry were recognized as outstanding volunteers of the year for Life Enrichment Advancing People Inc. (LEAP) at a special luncheon honoring all LEAP volunteers. The luncheon was held at the Olsen Student Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Farmington.

Huff was honored for starting and hosting monthly game days and community dances for more than a year. Balsam was honored for her many years of service to LEAP Inc. as both a board member and volunteer as well as for her valued fundraising efforts. Both women were presented with certificates and bouquets by LEAP Executive Director Rick Dorian.

Huff and Balsam are two of the more than 35 volunteers who donated more than 1,000 hours of service to LEAP Inc., Dorian said. Whether a LEAP volunteer helped for a single day or came in each week, the cumulative value of those contributions were invaluable, he added.

“As the economy has worsened, people have really pulled together to help one another,” said LEAP Treasurer and Board Member Sherra Osgood, who was also recognized for her volunteer work.

The agency is continually seeking volunteer support for a variety of projects. To volunteer, contact Dorian 778-3443, ext. 104.

LEAP Inc. has been providing community and residential support for people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities in Western and Central Maine and their families since 1980. For more information, visit www.leapcommunity.org.