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CPAAAS Wins 2001 Volunteer of the Year Award

A Shelter Inc. volunteer and a group of Citizens Police Academy alumni are the village's volunteers of the year.

Nelson McRoberts, a retired United Airlines mechanic, and the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association of Schaumburg were named volunteers of the year at an awards luncheon April 19 at the Schaumburg Marriott Hotel.

Deloris Jordan, mother of former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, was the event?s keynote speaker.

McRoberts and Carmen Anguiano, president of the academy alumni association, expressed shock at being named award winners.

"I'm speechless. I'm really at a loss for words. I almost fell to the floor", McRoberts said after the luncheon.

McRoberts has volunteered with Shelter Inc. since 1996 after retiring from United Airlines.

He said he found out about Shelter Inc. from a local newspaper and inquired about volunteer opportunities.

"When I retired, I needed to fill in some time, he said. It worked out for me. It wasn't a strict schedule."

He drives all over the northwest suburbs, picking up furniture and boxes of donations and delivering them to the Shelter Inc. Thrift Shop in Schaumburg or to the shop's storage facilities.

He volunteers for the organization's charity ball, golf outings and Holiday Gift Giving program by picking up donations from companies and retail stores.

He organizes and monitors the storage facilities and moves hundreds of boxes from the facilities to the shop. All proceeds from the shop benefit the children served by Shelter.

Shelter Inc. has provided emergency and temporary care and housing for abused and neglected children in Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1975.

According to the nomination submitted by Shelter?s volunteer coordinator, Natercia Medrano, McRoberts also does repair and maintenance projects for the thrift shop and Shelter?s offices in Arlington Heights.

She said McRoberts has saved the thrift shop hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repairs, upkeep and maintenance of the shop.

Shelter's development director, Carol D. Brown, said, "We are so grateful to him".

McRoberts said of the award, "It's a definite honor".

When Village President Al Larson announced the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association of Schaumburg had won volunteer organization of the year honors, the association's president almost couldn?t contain herself.

"I was wondering if I was dreaming", said Carmen Anguiano, who accepted the award for the association.

Roxane Bevenuti, the village's special events coordinator, said of Anguiano?s reaction, "She looked like she won a Grammy."

The association is relatively young, having become a nonprofit organization in January 1999. Anguiano said she and other grads of the Citizens Police Academy felt they needed to do something after graduating.

"We wanted to give something back. When we were finished, we thought this can't be it, not with all this knowledge we have."

The group has 90 dues-paying members.

Since its inception, association members have volunteered their time at Septemberfest, the Police Department's Cops and Lobsters events and child car safety seat checkpoints, among other things. They also conducted tours of the police station at this year's department open house.

With some 700 people attending the open house, Lt. Dennis Carroll said the association members' participation was invaluable.

"We couldn?t have done it without them", he said.

Carroll nominated the organization for the award. He added that the association has raised money to buy bicycle helmets for the department's bike patrol.

Reprinted with permission from the Schaumburg Review

See the nomination form.