Joyce Shelters receives award signed by President Obama

Chautauqua County Humane Society volunteer Joyce Shelters was the recipient of a Presidential Volunteer Lifetime Service Award this past October for her service working at CCHS through the Chautauqua County RSVP. The certificate came with a letter signed by President Barack Obama. The certificate is awarded to individuals serving over 4,000 volunteer hours, or the equivalent of full-time for two years, in their community.

Shelters has been volunteering at CCHS for a little over three years.

“We’re honored to have such a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters here at the shelter,” said Sue Bloom, Volunteer Coordinator for CCHS. “Joyce has always gone above and beyond and we are thrilled that she has been recognized with this honor,” said Bloom.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make across the country on an annual basis. The award was created as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. The Chautauqua County RSVP program works in conjunction with the Council to document the service hours for registered volunteers in the community and determine which individuals can receive an award.

“I do this to support the animals,” Shelters said. “And I want to help promote the volunteer opportunities available here. We need help now more than ever.”

CCHS offers many volunteer opportunities to individuals or groups including dog walking, foster care, animal cleaning, shelter maintenance, thrift store sorting, special events money drives and more.

For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to learn about available volunteer opportunities, visit or call 716-665-2209 ext. 205.

Anyone interested in the RSVP program, which places seniors in a variety of volunteer positions, can call Brenda Weiler at 366-3070.