Celebrating the Heart of Moab: AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteers Honored for Their Service

Moab, a community known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, also boasts a remarkable spirit of service and dedication among its residents. This was evident on June 11, 2024, when the UServeUtah AmeriCorps Seniors program recognized the contributions of four AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers. These dedicated individuals were celebrated at a reception at the Grand Center, followed by a spotlight during the Moab City Council Meeting by Mayor Joette Langianese. The celebration highlighted not just their hours of service, but their profound impact on the community.

Since the program began in Moab in 2022, three Foster Grandparent volunteers and one Senior Companion have collectively dedicated 3,533 hours of their time to serve the community. Their efforts have significantly enriched the lives of the people they have worked with, from young students to seniors in need of companionship and support.

Honoring Excellence in Service
Two volunteers, Beth McLoy and Sharla Lovato, were awarded the Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate for their outstanding service to Moab Charter School. Beth McLoy, who previously volunteered as a Foster Grandparent in Texas, brought her passion for the program to Moab. She works with second and third graders, helping them improve their skills in writing, reading, and math. Her dedication to nurturing young minds has made her an invaluable asset to the school and a beloved figure among the students.

Sharla Lovato, who serves in the kindergarten classroom, focuses on assisting children who are struggling with their initial years of schooling. Her patience and commitment to these young learners have helped many children gain the confidence and skills they need to succeed in their educational journey.

Supporting Independent Living
Patricia Mullen was recognized for her role as a Senior Companion volunteer with the Moab Regional Hospital. Through her service, she has supported five clients, providing them with assistance that enables them to maintain their independence and offering much-needed respite for their caregivers. Patricia’s work has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of life for her clients, ensuring they receive the care and companionship they need.

Building Community Foundations
Monette Clark has made significant contributions as a volunteer with Moab’s Head Start program. Additionally, she and Sharla Lovato have been serving at the Grand County Library over the summer, further demonstrating their commitment to education and community service. Their efforts at the library have provided valuable support to the staff and have enriched the resources available to the community.

Since 2022, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in Moab have dedicated 3,533 hours of their time in service to the community.

A Community United in Service
The recognition of these four volunteers is a testament to the strength and generosity of the Moab community. Their combined 3,533 hours of service reflect not just time spent, but lives touched and improved. As Moab continues to grow and evolve, the contributions of AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers will remain a cornerstone of its community spirit.

Mayor Langianese’s spotlight on these volunteers at the City Council Meeting underscored the importance of recognizing and celebrating those who give selflessly. The dedication of Beth, Sharla, Patricia, and Monette serves as an inspiration to all, encouraging more residents to engage in acts of service and continue building a strong, supportive community.

In Moab, the heart of the community truly shines through the efforts of its volunteers. The AmeriCorps Seniors program and the remarkable individuals it honors are vital to the town’s spirit of compassion and mutual support.

Those interested in volunteering or referring volunteers or clients are encouraged to contact Laura Huefner at lrhuefner@utah.gov.