Steamtown volunteer wins national award

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SCRANTON, Pa. — A teen-aged volunteer at Steamtown National Historic Site has won a prestigious award for his work at the museum from the National Park Service.

During National Volunteer Week from April 23 to 29, Steamtown Superintendent Debbie Conway announced that Aiden Schafer had won the George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. The announcement came just a few weeks after park officials learned that Schafer had also won the same award at the regional level. According to a news release from Steamtown, Schafer is a “go-to guy” for many at the park and, despite still being in high school, has given 800 hours of service in the last two years.

Acting Northeast Regional Director Joshua Laird noted that in 2016, 63,900 volunteers
contributed 1,470,300 hours of service in the region and that without them, many projects would not be completed.

“When a Volunteer-in-Parks (VIPs) agree to share their talents, skills and interests with the National Park Service, they are paying the organization one of the highest compliments possible by offering a most valued possession — their time,” Laird says.

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