BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Whether it's in a soup kitchen, at a church function or in a group like a boy scout troop, volunteers are working behind the scenes to make communities better. On Thursday night, some of those volunteers received much deserved recognition.
The annual WLBZ "2 Those Who Care Awards" were presented in Bangor. Outstanding volunteers in the community have been recognized at the show for 11 years now and organizers say it's important they are honored in this way.
"I think it's crucial to recognize that," said Emma Pope-Welch, of the United Way of Eastern Maine, "You hear that a lot when someone will tell you 'I don't read the news or I don't watch the news anymore because it's all bad. But it isn't all that and there are a lot of people out there doing amazing work."
"Most of the people that you'll see recognized tonight do this under the radar," said Bill Lucy, who is with 'People's United Bank,' "And there are others, dozens of other people in our communities doing the same thing."
Here is a list of the 2011 "2 Those Who Care" winners, where they are from and a description of how they serve their community through volunteering.
Richard Bernstein (Bangor) - Richard started the Bangor area "Pay it Forward" concept in 2004 after being inspired by Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel and the 2000 film. Rick has tirelessly and passionately engaged key non-profit agency leaders and has succeeded in enhancing a shift in the culture of helping in the Bangor area.
Phil Locke (Bangor) -- Phil is this year's John W. Coombs Award winner. He volunteers with 'Literacy Volunteers of Bangor' and is an active member of the Orono Bog Boardwalk maintenance team and the Maine Amphibian Monitoring Project. On the team, Phil collects critical information about vernal pools and the health of the environment.
Susan Willey McKay (Bangor) --- Susan uses her committed involvement with the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor as a springboard to serve in the community at large. She also works with 'Rape Response Services,' 'The Bangor Band,' 'The Maine Discovery Museum,' 'The Bangor Art Society,' and American Red Cross Blood Services.
Glenn Mower (Bangor) --- Glen has been the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 8 in Bangor for 32 years. He also volunteers as president of the Husson University Alumni Board, as an auditor for the St. Andrews Masonic Lodge, and as a treasurer for the Wellness Council of Maine. Glen is also an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bangor.
Michael Noyes (Bangor) --- Michael volunteers for Camp CaPella in Dedham. He is on the camp's board of directors and is an active member of its fundraising committee. Michael also works with Alpha One and the Maine Handicapped Skiing Program.
'Friends in Action' (Ellsworth) --- 'Friends in Action' is this year's Agency of Distinction. It is a clearinghouse connection seniors and adults with disabilities to the resources they need in Hancock and potions of Washington, Penobscot and Waldo counties. Nearly 200 volunteers provide a wide variety of important services to nearly 800 homebound and elderly adults, including transportation services, well-being phone calls and friendly home visits.
The '2 Those Who Care' primetime special will air on WLBZ 2 on Saturday November 5.