HORNELL — Many volunteers in our area give back to their communities without any expectations of recognition in return. For the second straight year, Citizens & Northern Bank, in conjunction with its Giving Back, Giving Together program, was able to provide a platform to give recognition to those volunteers who selflessly give their time to help those in need.
Citizens & Northern Bank’s 2017 cause for “Giving Back, Giving Together” benefits local children who may not receive the care and support that they deserve. Beginning Nov. 6, C&N held its “Thank a Local Volunteer Child Advocate” contest through which people nominated a volunteer in their community whom they felt truly went above and beyond to support local underprivileged children. The comment with the most likes on Nov. 27 won $250 for themselves and $250 for the charity of their choice.
The winner of the contest was David Gray of Hornell, who was nominated by his wife, Penny Gray in the following post:
“I would like to nominate David Gray. Since moving to Hornell more than 20 years ago, he has worked tirelessly to better our community and help the children who live here. There are many weeks when his volunteer duties seem to require more hours than his own job. But he never complains and will step up whenever and wherever he is needed. Dave has been a devoted YMCA volunteer (15+ years as a board member and past board president), a United Way advocate, a Cub Scout den leader and local troop leader, a Little League coach, and a hospital board member. But his greatest accomplishment is the founding of St. Ann’s Academy, a school for children in grades Pre-K to 6. Five years ago, he and several other community members saw a need in our community for educational choice because they recognized that some children weren’t succeeding in a traditional school setting. They also wanted to offer a school where faith and values were taught alongside academics. Starting a new non-public…