Woodbridge Human Services to honor volunteers

WOODBRIDGE >> The 29th annual Volunteer Tea sponsored by Woodbridge Human Services will be held Thursday, April 20 at the Center Building.

This year, 129 volunteers will be honored at the invitation-only event.

“The attitude of compassion and commitment of all the volunteers brings so much to Woodbridge,” said Mary Ellen LaRocca, director of Human Services.

“The staff appreciates and is grateful for the hard work and dedication given so generously by the volunteers.’

Outstanding Volunteers

• Annie Bogush, a ninth-grader at Platt Technical High School, for her sorting and organizing nonperishable food for the Human Services Food Closet.

Human Services received an abundance of food in November and December that needed sorting. Annie became the “shining star” as she organized the Food Closet.

• Holli Shanbrom, for her enthusiasm and inspiring dedication as a volunteer at the Senior Center. She has volunteered since early 2011 as a member of the Holiday Fair Committee, leading the bake sale table and entertainment.

She also volunteers at the Senior Luncheon Program. She and her family annually deliver Thanksgiving meals at a local food pantry, collect baskets and treats for local pet shelters, visit nursing homes, and prepare and send packages to military personnel.

• Diane Sullivan, for bringing Pickleball to Woodbridge Senior Center. Sullivan started as a Pickleball ambassador in 2013 and has brought the sport to more than 10 towns. Last year, she taught Pickleball for three sessions and she continues to help the players weekly.

Human Services Special Recognition Awards

• Elaine Marcucio, for her service as chairwoman of the Senior Center’s annual Harvest and Holly Fair and coordinating the café at the fair.

• Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, for continuous support of the Senior Center.

John Babecki, sales and market manager for Brookdale, has helped with such events as the Men Can Cook Series, Everybody Can Cook Series, Art of Grilling, the Holiday Fair, the Antique Roadshow, Thanksgiving Luncheon, Monthly Dessert Angel Program, Souper Day, and a low vision seminar.

• Former state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, D-17, a longtime town resident, for providing exemplary advocacy and support of human services. He represented the district 1993-2016. He was a member of the town Board of Education and the State Board of Higher Education.