Submitted by Points of Light
Monica Orluk, of Elizabeth, PA has been named a University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award Honoree, an award given by HandsOn Network and the University of Phoenix to 10 outstanding volunteer leaders in the nation. These leaders motivate others and are catalysts for change in their communities.
The award celebrates the first anniversary of the landmark Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which authorized the largest expansion of national service in America in decades. Orluk will receive $10,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of her choice.
Monica Orluk is dedicated to serving those who serve our country. As the Vice-President of Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA), she leads thousands in showing appreciation to the dedicated members of the United States Armed Forces serving and sacrificing overseas.
Over the last six years, she has worked tirelessly to improve safety and morale for active duty troops and improved peace of mind for the worried families of those deployed. In that time, OTA has provided "wish list" and needed items to more than 60,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without Orluk's leadership, compassion and dedication, OTA would not be a national organization, improving the well-being of thousands of soldiers.
As the needs of troops evolve and more soldiers return home, Orluk has reached out to serve veterans. In addition to volunteering with OTA, she is working with the Veteran's Leadership Project in Pittsburgh. That organization is dedicated to meeting the financial, housing, job and education needs of returning veterans.
Orluk believes 100 percent in her mission to support troops. In addition to working fulltime and studying for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, she often volunteers 40 hours a week. When asked why she serves, Orluk responds, "When you are blessed in life as I am, the best way to be thankful is to give to others." As a 2010 University of Phoenix Volunteer Leader Award honoree, she backs up her words every day with her acts of service.
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2010, 458,600 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.
About HandsOn Network
HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million. For more information, please visit www.HandsOnNetwork.org.
Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 177 affiliates across 38 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 16 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.
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