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UNITED WAY/NESTLE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD; JIM CRABB HONORED FOR VOLUNTEER WORK AT NATIONAL CITY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS

 SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- When officers of the Boys and Girls Clubs of National City were considering who should get the Silver Bowl Volunteer Award for outstanding service, they didn't have far to look.
 Jim Crabb, a retired operating engineer, has done a prodigious amount of volunteer work in preparing the site for construction of the club's new center at 1430 D Ave.
 He was instrumental in getting project under way and spent more than 600 hours in the summer and fall of 1992 in compacting the soil and digging trenches for the 25,800-square-foot structure, according to Cindy Reed.
 Reed, the club's capital campaign director, nominated Crabb for the honor. Officially known as the Nestle Community Service Silver Bowl Volunteer Award, it is given annually to recognize the "unsung work" of those who volunteer for community activities. The award program is held under the sponsorship of the United Way of San Diego County's Volunteer Center, one of 40 such centers participating in the Western United States. The Nestle company supplies the actual awards.
 Crabb, who lives at 1915 Valle Vista Ave., National City, will receive the award in ceremonies at the center Feb. 10. It is a United Way of San Diego County-funded agency. "He has been terrific," Reed said. "Almost single-handedly, he has completed all the earth work for our new facility. He faced a lot of difficulties in compacting the soil from July to October last year, but he didn't let things get him down."
 Reed said Crabb helped in razing a portion of the present center, which is at the D Avenue site, to make way for the new building. When the latter is completed in the summer of 1993, the old center will be torn down.
 "Right now he is working with the carpenters, plumbers, iron workers and electricians in preparing for the construction," she added.
 "As an ex-business agent for the Operating Engineers Local 17, Jim has many contacts with other unions, who are offering their services in this project."
 Reed was effusive in her praise of Crabb: "He has two sons who used the Boys and Girls Club when they were growing up. In a sense, I imagine this (work) is his way of paying back for the enjoyment his sons had.
 "He has proved to this community he is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the youth of tomorrow become better citizens. He is giving these kids a better, more productive life."
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: The United Way Volunteer Center has an immediate need for volunteers that can be placed at charitable agencies throughout the county. Media can help United Way meet this vital community need by accompanying this story with the following information:
 The United Way Volunteer Center maintains a data base of 600 charitable agencies that need volunteers. To find a volunteer opportunity that suits people's interests and availability, phone the United Way Volunteer Center at 619-492-2121./
 /CONTACT: Bobette Williamson, 619-492-2103, or Joe Thesken (Tuesdays only), 619-492-2134, both of United Way/


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