Someone Special Volunteer program recognizes NBWS’s Rebecca Stone and Hope House’s Jeannie Thompson

It’s time once again for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, The Bemidji Pioneer and the United Way of Bemidji Area to recognize the efforts of volunteers in our community by awarding the Someone Special Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteer service.

Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter is a 24/7 shelter that provides crisis shelter, victim-centered advocacy, and supportive services for victims of intimate partner violence.

Rebecca Stone has served on the Board of Directors for the past 6.5 years, most recently being the Board Chair. Rebecca has given so much of her time generously to the staff and participants at NBWS in so many capacities. She has been instrumental in helping guide the Board and staff through the process of a capital campaign to build a new shelter to better serve the community.

Thank you Rebecca for your years of service and for giving so much of yourself to the Northwoods Battered Women’s Shelter and to this community! We are so grateful for your willingness to give your precious time and energy to such a worthy and lifesaving cause.

Hope House Community Support Program is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit agency providing support and skills training for adults with long-term mental illness. Hope House’ goal is to help people go from surviving a mental illness to thriving. Jeannie Thompson served on the Hope House board from 2016 to 2023, including five years as board president.

During her terms, she provided positive, goal-directed leadership, encouraged the board to stay involved, and supported new fundraisers. Jeannie helped start the 40-40-40 Hope House fundraiser, now an annual event. Jeannie also provided helpful feedback for programming and personnel decisions. Thank you, Jeannie!

Jeannie Thompson and Rebecca Stone will receive a volunteer recognition plaque from Ken K. Thompson Jewelry as an acknowledgment of outstanding community service. Thank you, Jeannie and Rebecca, for being SOMEONE SPECIAL.

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