The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) honors its volunteers during National Volunteer Recognition Week.

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On Friday, April 17, 2015, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) honored the 420 volunteers who donated over 28,000 hours of service during 2014 by hosting its 10th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at Hawk’s Landing in Southington, CT. Among the 170 attendees were over 100 volunteers from all three CCAR Recovery Community Centers located in Bridgeport, Hartford and Willimantic, as well as volunteers from CCAR’s Board of Directors, Recovery Walks!, Connecticut Association of Recovery Housing (CTARH), the CCAR Cup Golf Committee and volunteer consultants.

Volunteers and Staff from the CCAR Hartford Recovery Community Center.

CCAR honored 420 volunteers who donated over 28,000 hours of service in 2014.

The grand celebration got off to a festive start with a welcome and reflection by Deb Dettor, CCAR’s Managing Director. Deb then introduced Sandy Valentine, the wife of CCAR’s Executive Director Phil Valentine who was not in attendance because of his Walk for Recovery on the Appalachian Trail. To everyone’s delight, Phil was able to express his gratitude to the volunteers via video. Board President Tom Kirk then thanked the volunteers for their dedication to carrying out CCAR’s mission. Volunteer Manager Conrad Sienkiewicz read the names of the 55 Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipients who gave 100 hours or more of volunteer service. Windham Recovery Community Center Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Wyatt handed out the Bronze pins to the 23 recipients present that evening. Out of a total of 22 Silver awards earned for 250 or more hours of service, 13 volunteers were present and received their pins from Hartford Recovery Community Center Volunteer Coordinator Virginia Adams. Bridgeport Recovery Community Center Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Elliott handed out 11 Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Awards to volunteers who gave 500 or more hours of service. The volunteer with the most hours in 2014 was Mark Bogues, who volunteered 1396 hours and he was especially honored with a package of four tickets courtesy of the New Britain Rock Cats.

All of these volunteers received pins and letters from the White House, along with a certificate of recognition from the CT Attorney General George Jepsen. Long-time CCAR volunteer Dorian Parker ended the awards portion of the evening by thanking and inspiring volunteers as he shared the impact CCAR had on his life. Following a buffet dinner, the attendees danced to songs played by DJ Michael.

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Since 1998 the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has organized the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to put a face on recovery and to provide recovery support services to help sustain recovery. By promoting recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service, CCAR strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery, open new doors and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery, and people seeking recovery, are treated with dignity and respect. CCAR envisions a world where the power, hope and healing of recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction is thoroughly understood and embraced.

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