N.E.S.T. relies on the inspiration and extraordinary work of hundreds of volunteers to carry out our work. We have no paid staff. We are extremely grateful for every single volunteer. Thanks to all very very much!

At our annual meeting and holiday party a few weeks ago, we honored those volunteers who over the past two years logged at least 250 and 500 hours. Those volunteers who were able to attend the annual meeting are pictured below.

500 hour honorees from left to right: John Cece, Peggy Cathey, Cathy Dagg, Louise Vance, Jeannette Fuller, and Ricky Baird

250 hour honorees are from left to right: John Cece, Chris Pruitt, Peggy Cathey, George Pruitt, Susan Silbernagel, Rick Jones, Terri Reid, John Jenkins, Jeannette Fuller, Tony Parisi, Richard Larkin, and Terrie Hart. Not pictured: Dawn Berliner, Wayne Berliner, Anne Brown, Pat Czikra, Dona Fielder, Tricia Kerns, Melanie Kocsis, Paul Kotasenski, Kaye Lyerly, Jan Moore, and Stephanie Westheiden.

Earlier this year, N.E.S.T. lost a beloved volunteer, Charlotte Alexander. She logged 860 hours before her passing. Charlotte and her husband Jerry are famous for running the N.E.S.T. hotline 24 hours a day and 365 days for years through holidays and hurricanes. While other extraordinary volunteers have taken over, Charlotte and her “Hello Sweet Pea” greeting will be sorely missed for a very long time.