WLBZ 2 honors Woitowitz for community service
Bangor — WLBZ Channel 2 recently honored community members who have shown exceptional dedication to service at the annual "2 Those Who Care" awards held at Husson University. Among them was Tim Woitowitz of Stockton Springs, who received the 2016 John W. Coombs Award.
"2 Those Who Care" is an annual recognition program for those who give back to their community in meaningful ways.
On the WLBZ 2 website, the station reports Woitowitz "spent the last 10 years 'Making Change,' helping youths in crisis through a program he started by the same name. Every one of those years, he was 'on call' as a mentor and friend 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"Tim also applied his experience as a musician to develop a music program for BCOPE [Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education], the alternative high school for the Belfast area. He acquired a host of instruments and then taught the students for free because he feels 'music challenges the mind, focuses personal discipline and provides a balm for the soul.'
"From there," according to the website, Woitowitz "was drawn to volunteer for Restorative Justice of Waldo County, a program designed to keep youthful lawbreakers from being placed in the criminal justice system. Tim’s commitment to community is also evident through his 13 years of running fundraising events for Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County."
The WLBZ2 tribute continued, "Dolly Sullivan, teaching principal of BCOPE, started her letter of recommendation with 'Simply put — Tim is the BEST! Tim embodies the word volunteer, and there is probably a picture of this smiling face in the dictionary next to that word.'”
In a news release from BCOPE, alternative education teacher Charles Hamm said, "BCOPE is proud to be affiliated with Tim Woitowitz, the 2016 John W. Coombs Award winner." In addition to his work with Making Change, the release said Woitowitz "splits volunteer hours with Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County and BCOPE."
"Tim envisioned and then established the music program at BCOPE and shares his musical expertise with any student who expresses an interest in learning," the news release said. "Tim is also the 'super sub' whenever BCOPE needs him to help out in any other way."
WLBZ 2 award recipients received an award as well as a donation to their cause or a cause of their choice. According to the BCOPE news release, Woitowitz has decided that his monetary award will go to the BCOPE music program to continue to changing lives and making “beautiful” music at BCOPE.