Free2B! hosted volunteers dinner at regional park

Free2B Inc. hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner for all its volunteers May 3 at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

A volunteer appreciation dinner was hosted by Free2B at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

A volunteer appreciation dinner was hosted by Free2B at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

Approximately 80 people were in attendance and were treated to steak, cheesy hash browns, Texas toast, salad and cake.

Sam’s Club provided four volunteers that helped set up, cook, serve and clean up.

Free2B presented Sam’s Club with the 2011 Partner of the Year award.

Sam’s Club employees volunteered so many hours of service that Free2B received a check from Sam’s Club corporate offices for $5,000 for their volunteer service, according to Gary Levine, Free2B executive director.

“We can’t thank these wonderful employees enough,” Levine said.

Michael and Cathy Bishop were awarded the Free2B 2011 Volunteer of the Year award.

“These two have been consistent volunteers for years and come to our Car Care Saturdays to clean and wash the vehicles that Free2B donates,” Levine said.

“Previously, this job was known as ‘dust angels,’ now it is known as ‘make ready engineers’.”

For an organization to be successful, many people are needed to make that happen, Levine said.

“For Free2B, it just would not work without all our volunteers,” he said.

“Many of our volunteers are seen on a regular basis repairing one car with a month free of labor, providing food or assistance at a fund-raiser, or at a Car Care Saturday, repairing cars for people in need.

“We always strive to fulfill our mission of ‘Providing Car Care to Enable Independence’.”

People who have a car they want to donate can visit Free2B on the web at www.freetobeinc.org, or call 763-717-7755.

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