The September 2008 recipients are June Williams and Lois Hosking for their commitment to attending to the basic needs of children in the Lakewood community.
Several years ago June Williams moved from Texas to Lakewood after retiring from a government position to be closer to her grandchildren. While at church she noticed there were “Caring for Kids” pins for sale and inquired about the program. At that time, she joined the Caring for Kids team with Diane Formoso as a volunteer. Caring for Kids is Lakewood’s highly successful all volunteer organization that helps kids in need. A year after joining the Caring for Kids team, June’s mother joined her in Lakewood and Caring for Kids. They now both serve on the Caring for Kids Board and assist with all fundraising activities. They help plan and put on the Holiday Fair and the Ready to Learn Fair that is funded in part through a Human Services grant by the City of Lakewood. The Ready to Learn Fair was held on August 16th at Lochburn Middle School and served 1833 children providing back-to-school supplies, clothing, haircuts, school physicals and immunizations. June and Lois together sorted 833 bags of clothing for the fair. They also receive and sort toy donations throughout the year in preparation for the Holiday Fair. June says that she and her mother help out wherever Diane has a need. June now assists Caring for Kids with grant writing.
June and Lois are caring adults providing a healthy start for a healthy future. For their dedicated service to Lakewood’s school children, June Williams and Lois Hosking, “noticed” by Lakewood’s Human Services Collaboration, are receiving the traveling Red Wagon, a symbol of Lakewood’s Promise of people pulling their weight to help the youth in Lakewood.
Lakewood’s Promise mission is to mobilize people from every sector of life in Lakewood to build the character and competence of our youth by fulfilling these Promises:
- Caring Adults-Provide ongoing relationships with caring adults-parents, mentors, tutors and coaches
- Safe Places ‚ÄìProvide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours
- Healthy Start-Provide all the elements leading to good physical/mental health for a healthy future
- Marketable Skills-Provide marketable skills through effective education
- Opportunities to Serve-Provide youth with opportunities to serve in their community.
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities presents each month a “Caught in the Act-of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed for a family/child in the City of Lakewood.