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EIGHT VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE JCPENNEY GOLDEN RULE AWARDS

 SAN DIEGO, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- "It takes awareness, ownership and inclusion to solve community problems, and there's nothing that brings those three factors together like volunteerism," Kelly Lau, vice president of United Way's Volunteer Center, told an audience of 550 gathered recently at the San Diego Hilton Beach and Tennis Resort.
 Lau spoke at the annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon, where outstanding volunteers were honored. The recognition luncheon was co-sponsored by the United Way Volunteer Center, JCPenney, and County Employees Charitable Organization (CECO). The highlight of the event was the presentation of eight JCPenney Golden Rule Awards.
 Penney's has sponsored the Golden Rule Awards since 1982 "as a tribute to those outstanding volunteers who care about others," Michael O'Grady, representing the department store chain, said at the ceremony. In San Diego, JCPenney conducts the Golden Rule program in partnership with United Way's Volunteer Center.
 O'Grady noted that the winners came from a list of 135 nominated for the honor. Each award recipient received a "Flame of Freedom" sculpture and a $1,000 check for their agency from JCPenney.
 The winners were Fred McWilliams, of Alpha of San Diego; Dr. William Boyce, the Elizabeth Hospice, Escondido; Allison Jacobs, SAY San Diego (Social Advocates for Youth); Rogers Pool swim aides, Chula Vista; volunteers of the AIDS Foundation's Buddy Program, San Diego; Bruce Dunn of Mission Pools, Boys and Girls Club of Escondido; and volunteers of the Survivor Advocate Program, U.S. Navy's Service School Command.
 McWilliams is known simply as "Mr. Fred" at Alpha of San Diego, a United Way-funded agency which provides guidance and training to low- income people in the mid-city.
 Although blind, Mr. Fred coordinates and supervises the organization's East San Diego Community Center and the corps of volunteers who are associated with Alpha of San Diego's supplemental food services program.
 Boyce is the volunteer medical director of the Elizabeth Hospice, a United Way-certified organization dedicated to the special care of the terminally ill and their retired general surgeon. Boyce is the primary medical consultant on all hospice patients. In addition, he makes house calls to patients when necessary.
 Jacobs, a Serra High School senior, is volunteering at the Vista Grande Elementary School as part of the SAY San Diego extended-day program. Jacobs tutors the school children and provides homework assistance. SAY San Diego is a United Way-certified agency that provides a range of services to San Diego-area children and their parents.
 The swim aides at Rogers Elementary School in Chula Vista assist Laurel Granquist, the Chula Vista School District aquatic instructor, by teaching swim skills and water safety to students with disabilities. The aides work with students on either an individual or group basis.
 The Buddy Program volunteers at the AIDS Foundation of San Diego help people with AIDS lead longer and more satisfying lives. More than 200 volunteers in the program provide comfort and companionship to victims of the disease. The AIDS Foundation is a United Way- funded agency.
 Dunn and his company, Mission Pools, designed and built, at no charge, a swimming pool for the Boys and Girls Club of Escondido. The club primarily serves youngsters from lower-income families, helping them to develop self-esteem and healthy values.
 The Navy's Survivor Advocate Program, made up of volunteers, is designed to report and handle cases of sexual assault in the service, and to assist the victims during medical, investigative and legal procedures.
 The United Way Volunteer Center maintains a database of nearly 600 charitable agencies that need volunteers. Persons interested in volunteering can phone the Volunteer Center at 619-492-2121 to learn about opportunities that suit their interests and availability.
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 /CONTACT: Bobette Williamson, 619-492-2134, or Joe Thesken (Tuesdays only), 619-492-2103, both of United Way of San Diego County/


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