The second annual Humble Area Assistance Ministries “Green Eggs and HAAM” volunteer appreciation brunch was held April 17 at The Westminster House in Kingwood. The theme for the event, straight from a Dr. Seuss book, fit the occasion like a glove – better make that a hat. The Dr. Seuss Crazy Hat Contest winner, Jane Christensen, was presented with flowers for her creation and all hat contest participants were recognized for their creative efforts. Fans who love green eggs and HAAM had their volunteer efforts not only recorded, but highlighted and rewarded. In 2008, more than 2,400 volunteers provided 60,887 hours of service to HAAM. “Volunteers are the backbone of our agency. We could not do our missions without them,” said Executive Director Diana Garbis. Recognition went to HAAM superstar volunteers who served more than 500 volunteer hours this year: Eugene and Loretta Core, Prentice Jones, John Laws and Janice McCormick. McCormick clocked 972 volunteer hours. HAAM Hurricane Heroes, a team of volunteers that arrived at HAAM within 48 hours after Hurricane IKE to assist in the needs of the agency, were also recognized. Katherine Crocket, Nancy Hanson, Delphine Miceli, Lucy Ray and Nancy White were honored as Hurricane Heroes. Sharis Mayer was presented with the Ironman Award, HAAM’s Triathlon Volunteer, assisting in three areas of HAAM – publications, special events and social services. National Charity League chapters recognized at the event were Kings Trail, Kingwood and Livable Forest. Former HAAM President George Williams was recognized and thanked with a golf-themed gift basket for his years of service. Current executive board members Ginger Bertrand, Wayne Garrison, Lynda Harrison, Richard Hawley, Diana Hertzenberg, Dan Jaeger, Lisa Jasper, Jackie Martin, Janice McCormick, Bill Power, Nancy Shortsleeve, Andrew Schiefelbien and Nancy Williams were acknowledged. The Dedicated Drivers Award went to a team of volunteer drivers that has assisted in food pantry pick-ups for HAAM for 19 years. Each team member received a certificate of appreciation. Westminster House owner Chuck Snider was presented with a copy of the Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook” in appreciation of Westminster House’s hospitality. Snider said Westminster House is happy to provide food and the facility for this event for HAAM volunteers each year. “We enjoy working and partnering with HAAM. It is a great organization and we will always be glad to help and support their programs,” said Snider. “We are a full-service caterer and would be happy to cater any size events in the community,” he said. HAAM would like community members to know they can go far in their volunteer adventures in many areas. Volunteer positions currently open are front desk receptionist-Bilingual, two social service assistants, rent/utility/CEAP program assistant, pantry food cooperative, special projects team, floaters and job coaches. HAAM Social Services is located at 1302 First Street in Humble. For more information about HAAM’s volunteer opportunities and programs call, 281-446-3663 or visit Photos: (Top) Westminster House owner Chuck Snider accepts a “Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook” as an appreciation gift from HAAM resource development director Millie Garrison. (Bottom) Dr. Seuss Crazy Hat Contest winner Jane Christensen, right, is congratulated by Doris Dorsey and Millie Garrison at the Green Eggs and HAAM volunteer appreciation brunch on April 17. Photos by Trilla Cook 

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