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Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month

April 27, 2022 | Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month | By: Marta Olmos, Communications Coordinator at Main Street America | 

April is National Volunteer Month! Community volunteers are the heart of every Main Street program, and our work would not succeed without their dedicated and passionate contributions. Today, we are celebrating the outstanding work of three Main Street volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support their districts.

Janet Fosque, Onancock Main Street (Virginia)

Janet has volunteered with Onancock Main Street for over six years, including serving as president of the board and chair of the design committee. She worked tirelessly with Virginia Main Street representatives, the community, and with a team of visionaries to create the Onancock Main Street program and complete the intensive designation application. Janet has invested countless hours writing grants, drafting the strategic plan, bringing town branding initiatives to life, creating a new website, advocating for downtown businesses, and more. She was the primary advocate for saving a historic building in the corner of downtown Onancock and was part of a small team that facilitated a financial feasibility study on the building. "Janet is the type of person who wants to bring out the best in everything that she is involved with, Onancock and OMS are so lucky to have her as their advocate - she is Onancock's heart and soul," said Jenny Gehman, Program Manager at Onancock Main Street.

Candy Crecink, Starkville Main Street Association (Mississippi)

Candy has volunteered with Starkville Main Street Association for over eighteen years, including serving as a program ambassador. She is known for her longstanding dedication to the organization, and Starkville Main Street Association knows they can count on her to volunteer at every event they run. Her husband, John, is also a committed volunteer who helps out with many facets of their work. "Our organization would not be what it is today without all of Candy's time and hard work she's committed throughout the years," said Paige Watson, Director at Starkville Main Street Association. 

Lisa Thompson, Heart of Danville (Kentucky)

Lisa has volunteered with Heart of Danville for three years, including serving as a board member. Lisa has worked tirelessly to maintain accreditation and continue the program in Danville. She has attended numerous meetings with the city and partners and met with government officials and local stakeholders to advocate for the program. When the organization was without a director, Lisa assisted the board chair and the executive committee in strengthening the program. She worked with multiple entities in the process of gathering community input and the process of writing the transformation plan and assisted with finding a new office location and a new Main Street director. Lisa has a long history of engagement with the movement, previously serving as a Main Street director in two other states and working at the state historic preservation office. She knows firsthand what the job requires and how important volunteers are to the success of a program. "This program would not have continued to exist if Lisa had not been willing to volunteer and share her expertise," said Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street Coordinator.