Elizabeth "Liz" Devine, UpReach Volunteer Coordinator and Instructor, was presented with the Judith Lonergan Rookie Award at the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) annual meeting on Wednesday, October 25th. NHAVA is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the profession of volunteer administration through education, networking, and recognition. The Judith Lonergan Rookie Award is given to recognize, honor, and support the outstanding accomplishments of a volunteer administrator who is relatively new to the profession.
UpReach provides the opportunity for each volunteer to be a part of something larger - a community of passionate individuals enabling miracles every day. Over 300 individuals provide assistance in various roles including program leaders and side walkers, barn support, facility maintenance, office, event, and Bingo, as well as internships and service learning. Each therapeutic riding, driving, and hippotherapy participant requires one to three volunteers to provide adequate assistance and support throughout the duration of each lesson.
Liz is responsible for scheduling and training for over 120 volunteers to assist approximately 125+ participants per week. In addition, she schedules substitutes, runs the annual volunteer appreciation luncheon, coordinates community service hours and barn volunteers, G.A.S. goal raters, as well as teaches therapeutic riding lessons each week. Liz is a member of the New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) and currently sits as Vice President on the board of directors. She is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) registered therapeutic riding instructor and is working towards obtaining her PATH Intl. therapeutic driving instructor certification.