Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) presented its inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award to Mandie Sawyer of Belfast during its Volunteer Recognition Night May 30. The award was created to recognize individuals who contribute a great deal of time to serving residents of Waldo County based on criteria in three areas: leadership, compassion and dedication.

During a speech delivered by WCAP Board of Directors member Jessica Woods, Sawyer was praised for her ability to inspire a call to service in others. She serves as one of the volunteer co-chairs of WCAP’s Cinderella Project and has been successful in encouraging volunteerism in that project in the last six years “tenfold,” said Woods. Sawyer brought the Cinderella Project from its humble beginnings to its current status as an initiative of WCAP, and has gained statewide recognition for its purpose and mission. However, it doesn’t stop there. Sawyer also volunteers for WCAP in other capacities, such as outside, often in the freezing cold, as a “firefighter and delivery greeter” for the holiday basket projects.

“[She] has been a motivator, inspiration and cheerleader for the many organizations to which she volunteers her time, both within WCAP and beyond,” Woods said. Sawyer participates in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. She and her team, the HolyWalkamoles, raised more than $8,000 this year for breast cancer research and walked 39 miles through the streets of Boston in May. Sawyer also started a community weight loss challenge through her own initiative, which involved over 30 participants seeking ways to lead healthier and happier lives. Add to this her role as a Girl Scout troop leader, and this year alone WCAP’s Volunteer of the Year has had a hand in helping someone in every age group and demographic in Waldo County in a meaningful way.

WCAP is a charitable, educational, private nonprofit organization located in Belfast. For more information, visit www.waldocap.org or call 338-6809.