Local Volunteer to Receive Recognition from the Peter R. Marsh Foundation
March 18, 2018
Vancouver-based nonprofit Office Moms & Dads (OMD) is proud to announce their Clark County Volunteer Coordinator, Darcy Blankenship, is to be a recipient of the Peter R. Marsh Foundation’s Silent Servant Award on Thursday, March 22 at 4:30pm. The award ceremony will take place in the lobby of the child welfare office where Darcy has served tirelessly for over four years (907 Harney Street, Vancouver).
The average child can wait in a child welfare office anywhere from three to five hours after being taken into protective custody. Meanwhile, social workers spend that time frantically searching for a suitable foster home or relative. This wait after a removal can be one of the most frightening and uncertain times in a child’s life. OMD volunteers help ease the transition by entertaining children waiting in child welfare offices throughout Washington and Idaho. Blankenship is responsible for receiving requests submitted by social workers here in Clark County, then finding an available volunteer to fill the request.
Darcy Blankenship has committed countless hours to the comfort and care of children entering foster care. She has the love and admiration of all who cross her path. The conversation about foster care is changing not only in Southwest Washington, but all over the Northwest as a direct result of Darcy’s influence and example! -Sarah Desjarlais, Executive Director, Office Moms & Dads
From being present to children in their darkest hour, to offering a helping hand to social workers who are strapped for resources, OMD volunteers make a tangible difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable population. “A Silent Servant is someone who independently and quietly gives of themselves to others in need without receiving any monetary or material reward in return.”(http://www.prmfoundation.org/silent-servant-award.html)
“The purpose of the Silent Servant Award is to identify and recognize individuals who serve others as a Silent Servant; to encourage the Silent Servants to continue and even expand their service to others; to inspire others to experience the personal fulfillment of living as a Silent Servant.”
Office Moms & Dads is honored to work with Darcy Blankenship and witness this much-deserved recognition of her service to Clark County’s foster care community.