Local volunteers honored for efforts

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published May 24, 2021

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MACOMB COUNTY — As part of a county-wide effort to thank outstanding local volunteers, residents from Mount Clemens, Harrison Township and Clinton Township were honored by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners in a video message.

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners honored 14 volunteers — one for each district and one senior volunteer of the year — April 29. In a video highlighting the accomplishments of each volunteer, Board Chair Don Brown said it was difficult to identify just one individual in each district this year.

“Our volunteers are always stepping up in unique ways,” he said. “It is an honor to share their stories as a means to recognize their good deeds and to inspire others.”

District 9 Commissioner Antoinette Wallace said that, when she first met Dawn Sumpter at Mount Clemens High School, she assumed she was a staff member because Sumpter spent so much time at the school. It wasn’t until five years later, well after Sumpter’s son graduated from the school, that Wallace realized Sumpter was a volunteer. She has helped bring back the school yearbook, and she organizes dances and fundraisers, along with helping with other charity events, volunteering outside of the school and working full-time.

“She is just an amazing volunteer that loves the kids at Mount Clemens and is a second mom to ... them,” Wallace said.

District 10 Commissioner Barbara Zinner recognized Susan Keehn, of Harrison Township — a master gardener who is the chair of the Beautification Committee. Zinner said Keehn is responsible for 17 gardens throughout the community and does all the work at a dozen of them.

“She also has promoted the sculpture program in Harrison Township, brought five incredible and unique sculptures to Harrison Township,” she said. “She is truly a treasure.”

In Clinton Township, District 12 Commissioner Julie Matuzak said she wanted to encourage the efforts of Quiana Dorsey, the director of Untapped Greatness, which aims to motivate, engage and empower the residents of the Quinn Road area of southern Clinton Township.

“She recognized that her community is frequently forgotten by local government and so she decided to jump in,” Matuzak said.

By organizing events like a water balloon fun day, outside movie nights and giveaways for Halloween, Christmas and Easter, “she’s doing everything she can to empower people in the community, engage them (to) come together and do great things in Southern Clinton Township.”

Macomb County Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt, of District 3, honored Cheryl Furdos for her efforts with the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade Committee and the St. Clair Shores Housing Commission.

“She’s an absolute gem,” Klinefelt said at the May 3 St. Clair Shores City Council meeting. “Everywhere I go, I see her volunteering.”

Klinefelt said Furdos is part of a large group in St. Clair Shores who volunteer and make the city a very special place.

“I have watched nationwide, as parents are both working, volunteerism dwindle,” she said. “That’s not true in St. Clair Shores.”

Furdos said she was honored and surprised by the recognition, for which she felt very grateful.

“We all work very hard to make St. Clair Shores somewhere that everyone wants to come to and have fun,” she said. “It’s a testament to the whole committee, not just me.”