Clara Mae Van Brink Named 2012 YMCA Volunteer of Year
Clara Mae Van Brink of Canton is receiving the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year award for her service at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center/Cherokee Outdoor YMCAs. Her work will be honored at the annual volunteer recognition dinner Monday, November 12, 2012.
“Clara Mae is a constant cheerleader for the Y’s community work,” says John Hicks, executive director of the Pruett Family Y. “Her passion for the Y’s mission inspires others to get more involved, especially in raising funds to benefit families in the community. We’re very proud she’s being honored this year.”
Van Brink is vice chair of the board, volunteers at various events and headed the 2012 annual campaign, a program that provides underserved youth the opportunity to participate in Y programs like academic enrichment and youth sports.
“Helping to raise funds for the annual campaign is what I enjoy the most,” says Van Brink. “Coming together to raise money for children in the community makes me very proud. It gives the kids a chance to be part of an awesome community of people.”
Outside the Y, Van Brink is chair of the Cherokee United Way cabinet, a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and is a Sunday school teacher. She is a motivational speaker and co-owns an Aamco Transmissions & Total Car Care in Canton.
The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and connect. Call 770-345-9622 or visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org.