Weaver was recognized as this year's recipient of the Cynthia Hawbaker Memorial Award for serving Women in Need as a dedicated volunteer for more than 10 years.
United Way of Franklin County (UWFC) recognized Lucy Weaver for her outstanding volunteerism by naming her this year’s Cynthia Hawbaker Memorial Award recipient during its Day of Caring activities on Friday, November 5. Weaver is a dedicated volunteer at Women in Need of Franklin/Fulton, spending thousands of hours over the past 10 years helping the organization and the people they serve.
“Women like Lucy are rare, and deserve to be celebrated,” said Shannon Dennis, volunteer coordinator at Women in Need.
Over the past decade, Weaver has been an active volunteer with Women in Need by spreading awareness, assisting with events, visiting schools, and managing hotline calls. According to Dennis, Weaver gave over 900 volunteer hours to the organization last year.
Weaver showed up to Women in Need on November 5 under the guise that she would be joining a volunteer team from Corning Credit Union in some yard clean-up for Day of Caring – UWFC’s annual fall day of service that sends volunteers to nonprofits across the county. But instead of supervising yardwork, Weaver was surprised with an award presented by Phillip Whitely, UWFC 2021 campaign chair, and Amy Hicks, UWFC executive director.
“We greatly appreciate the support you give to community through Women in Need, you make a difference in a lot of lives,” Hicks told Weaver during the presentation.
Weaver was also presented with flowers and gifts from Women in Need staff and CCU volunteers.
“You don’t have to actually do any work today, we really just wanted to shower you with gifts,” Dennis told Weaver during the surprise. “We want you to know how much we adore and appreciate you for every single thing that you do for all of us here [at Women in Need] and the work that you put in every single week.”
The Cynthia Hawbaker Memorial Award was created in 2007 in honor of Hawbaker’s community spirit and her 10 years of service to UWFC as executive director. Each year the award recognizes an outstanding volunteer in our community who works diligently behind the scenes at UWFC and/or one of our Program Partners.
UWFC works with more than 25 local organizations to provide a network of support throughout the communities of Franklin County. This year’s Day of Caring, sponsored by Procter & Gamble and F&M Trust, included service projects at 16 different nonprofits and engaged over 140 volunteers.