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Volunteer Award Winner:
Dorothy Cartwright

Winner of Heart of Gold Award from United Way Community Services - 2001

DIA Volunteer, Dorothy Cartwright will be given a Heart of Gold Award at the United Way Celebrate Volunteers Luncheon at Cobo Hall April 25, 2001.

Dorothy joined the volunteers as a Docent trainee in September 1987 and became an excellent Docent, celebrated for her custom tours for Mother's Day, and special tours given to Nelson Mandela's cabinet and the Belgian Ambassador.

She served on the Docent Committee Board 1989-1995, on the Volunteer Committee Board 1990-97. She was Volunteer Board Chairman 1995-97 and continues ex officio as past Chairman.

As First Vice Chairman for the Volunteer Committee, in 1993 Dorothy initiated and chaired the first "Celebration of Black Cultures" month at the DIA. Dorothy developed that "Celebration" into a tool for recruiting more volunteers from the African-American community.

In 1991-2 for several months back pain confined Dorothy to her house, but she continued from home to perform all tasks related to her positions as Program Chairman of the Docent Committee, Volunteer Marketing Chairman and 2nd Vice Chairman for the Volunteer Committee.

Dorothy initiated many programs and refined others. Every time she left an office, she gave the next incumbent detailed instructions on everything she had done, what improvements she had initiated, and how to approach the task most efficiently. For example as volunteer coordinator for Art and Flowers in 1993 she worked out a system for coordinating 250 volunteers effectively. Even as winner of the prestigious Heart of Gold Award, she is writing details so winners after her will know what to expect.

As Volunteer Committee Chairman, Dorothy initiated a program to educate volunteer leadership. Since July 1997, she has again been confined to home but continued volunteering, including serving as Corresponding Secretary for Staff Aides.

We are so proud that the community has recognized her service by giving her the area's highest award for volunteering.