Volunteers earn YSB recognition

Karen Street (left), of the Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County, presents the YSB’s Youth Volunteer of the Year award to her granddaughter, Kerstyn Street. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County celebrated its volunteers during an "appreciation banquet" on Thursday, Jan. 24, presenting special awards to the year's most appreciated adult and youth volunteers.

Terra and Mike Rowley, who open their home to children in crisis, received the Adult Volunteer of the Year award.

Kerstyn Street, who has assisted with several YSB programs, was named Youth Volunteer of the Year.
The agency will present several other awards, including the Friends of Youth and Steven L. Bailey awards, at a later date because the recipients were unable to attend the banquet.

The Rowleys have served as a host home family for more than 10 years, YSB Executive Director Jan Williams said. They receive calls at all times and without notice, asking them to take in a child in crisis, and have sometimes hosted those children much longer than the normal two weeks.

Street, a sixth-grader at Riverview Middle School, volunteered to help with the YSB's M.A.D. Camp and the Tools for Life school supplies program. She helped set up and clean up for the camp and worked with kindergartners and first-graders attending the event. She also helped distribute school supplies to more than 700 students.