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Grand Rapids Resident Named Michigan Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, (517) 336-6464
Agency: State Police

Ms. Lenore Reynolds

February 28, 2014

Lansing. Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division commander Capt. Chris A. Kelenske is pleased to announce that Ms. Lenore Reynolds, 90, of Grand Rapids, has been named Michigan Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year. Reynolds received the award at a special ceremony in Grand Rapids on Feb. 13.

The Michigan Citizen Corps Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the Citizen Corps volunteer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to his or her community.

“Ms. Reynolds’ passion for volunteering and her steadfast mission of giving selflessly to others is what made her the obvious choice for this year’s award,” Kelenske said. “Anyone who talks with her can hear the enthusiasm she has for helping her community and making a difference.”

A 19-year volunteer veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department, Reynolds joined the inaugural class of the Senior Volunteer Neighborhood Services program in 1994. She continues to donate hundreds of hours of service year round through the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program, checking homes when residents are on vacation, collecting found property, enforcing disabled parking zones and assisting police at special events and celebrations held throughout the city.

Reynolds is instrumental in recruiting members for the VIPS and participates in other Grand Rapids community-related programs. She volunteers two days a week as a grandparent teacher’s aide at an elementary school, assists with clerical work one day a week at a local university and crochets hats for newborns leaving hospitals.

Citizen Corps is a national program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administrated by the Michigan State Police that encompasses five community service branches: VIPS, Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps, Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). There are more than 1,000 Citizen Corps volunteers in Michigan.