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2015 Volunteer Awards Nominee Profiles
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Mary Baldwin
Nominated by Jodie Watts

Jodie Watts was looking to volunteer at an animal rescue group in Calvert County years ago when she met Mary Baldwin at a pet adoption day. Her friendly manner and openness immediately impressed. Mary invited Jodie to join her group for the next adoption day. Since that day Mary Baldwin has been Jodie’s mentor.

Mary is a kind woman who has given her time and energy to finding cats, kittens and dogs loving homes in Calvert County. She has helped hundreds of county citizens get their pets spayed and neutered. She always makes herself available to answer pet questions and is always there to help.

Mary has been a full-time volunteer with Patuxent Animal Welfare League, or PAWS, for more than 15 years. She committed to improving the quality of life for all animals in Calvert County. Though Mary is now retired from PAWS, her good heart and drive to help the community inspired Jodie to continue her work.

  Annette Bourne
Nominated by Susan Bilek

Annette Bourne has contributed to the welfare of Calvert County in many ways, but shines most brightly through her service to the county’s homeless.

In her role as transportation manager for Safe Nights of Calvert County, she remains on call from November to April to ensure that guests have transportation to and from the shelter. This job requires extraordinary dedication.

Her job requires sensitivity and poise. She must tend to the needs of drivers and even fill in for them when they are unable to fulfill their duties. Annette also tends to the needs of the shelter, keeping in touch with host coordinators and volunteers whenever there are transportation issues. The most difficult aspect of her work, however, is in accommodating the needs of the guests. Her compassion and common sense have made the difference between peace and commotion. In the off-season, she is busy soliciting support for the next season.

It is hard to overstate the demands of her role with Safe Nights or the grace with which she handles those demands.

Safe Nights is grateful for her dedication and would like Calvert County to be aware of the service she renders with humility and perseverance. She is, indeed, a beautiful part of the mosaic that is our community.

Linda Natoli Gaither 
Nominated by the Autism Project

Linda Gaither is the volunteer coordinator for The Autism Project, where the staff takes solace in knowing that she is available to do whatever is needed. Whether it’s selling raffle tickets in the cold, setting up decorations for events, handling publicity, organizing bake sales, making autism awareness merchandise, setting up information booths or weeding the garden, she is always getting it done. Regardless of the task, she will do it with enormous love and enthusiasm.

Linda gives so much of her time and heart to The Autism Project. She always thinks of others first, goes the extra mile and is always there to help – no matter how cold, wet, rainy, windy or tough the day. The staff knows they can count on her, and that is the reason they are able to work with the students the way they do. 

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