Kathy Hoskins Receives Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award
We are pleased to share that our beloved volunteer Kathy Hoskins was presented the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award (MYCVA) on October 9, 2021. This award, which is a program of Spark the Change CO, honors unsung volunteer heroes who make unique contributions to the community. The recipient receives a $2,000 cash award to designate to a nonprofit agency of their choice.
Kathy has served as a volunteer at Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD) since September of 2014 and was nominated for this prestigious award for her work putting together a team of volunteer “deal finders” that is now responsible for all purchases of clothing, shoes, underwear and socks from retailers and thrift stores from Longmont to Parker and everywhere in between. Over the past three years, their efforts have resulted in a much greater variety of inventory and considerably reduced per-item costs, and they have virtually eliminated the need for staff to spend time on inventory purchases. “Under Kathy’s leadership, the ‘deal finders’ have developed into a well-oiled machine,” said program director Lisa Maloney. No stone is left unturned, and CTKD has been able to stretch donors’ dollars very far!”
Kathy’s impact has not stopped there. “When COVID-19 forced CTKD to close temporarily in 2020, Kathy was the last volunteer to leave and the first to come back, both times with a carload of new shoes that she had found on sale,” said executive director Valerie Lunka and communications director Katie Jadwin in Kathy’s MYCVA nomination letter. “She has been essential in filling orders for our new contactless Curbside Service program, and she has taken on additional shifts in order to help us open more shopping appointments. It is so rare to find a volunteer with Kathy’s drive, work ethic and heart, and her tireless work inspires others to make their community a better place.”