SALT LAKE CITY — A Cache Valley woman who drives veterans to medical appointments in Salt Lake City has received the Power of Service Award from the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
Linda Keith of North Logan received the Power of Service Award from Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox and UServeUtah, the Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, earlier this month at the Utah State Capitol.
Three years ago, Keith responded to the need for van drivers to take veterans to medical appointments in Salt Lake City. Up to four times a month, she drives a 12-person van from the Cache Senior Center to the Veterans Administration Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Center, making stops to pick up veterans in Brigham City, Ogden, and Clearfield. While she started volunteering to give back to veterans, she now considers the veterans her good friends.
The volunteer work goes beyond driving veterans to medical appointments for Keith, who retired three years ago from her job as a public relations specialist. She has served in the Cache Valley community for more than a decade, volunteering more than 2,000 hours of her time for organizations such as the English Language Center and Global Village Gifts in Logan. She also helps annually with the Utah Public Radio fund drive and has served on the board for the Friends of the North Logan Library.
She has also delivered more than 7,500 meals to homebound or disabled seniors through the Meals on Wheels program. Similar to her service with the veterans, Keith does more than simply deliver food. She checks on their well-being, and many of those she visits have recognized that she is truly interested in them.
Rodney Pack, Senior and Community Volunteer Coordinator at Public & School Partnership, nominated Keith for the Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate. Based on her contributions, she was also given the Power of Service Award.
In his nomination, Pack said that Keith has exceptional personal qualities that have helped her make a difference in the lives of others.
“Linda is a kind person: conscious of others’ needs, genuine, and sees the good in everyone,” Pack said. “She is highly appreciated and valued by the organizations where she volunteers. She provides a lifeline for the veterans, and for many others.”
The Power of Service Award is presented three times per year to a volunteer who shows significant commitment to his or her community and demonstrates the power of volunteer service through his or her activities. All nominees for the Lieutenant Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate are eligible for consideration to receive the Power of Service Award.
Visit UServe.Utah.gov/nominate to learn more about the Lieutenant Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate.