As STEP Inc. celebrates its 46th year of fulfilling its mission of engaging and supporting community services, the organization recognized individuals who helped carry out its work at Thursday's annual meeting.
Four individuals and three organizations were honored with STEP Mission Awards during the event, which saw more than 270 individuals attend.
Serving STEP for more than 33 years as a volunteer, Carolyn W. Bullock received the Volunteer of the Year award for giving her time and energy to the organization.
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STEP Inc. recognized members of its organization who helped provide services and programs to the community at Thursday’s annual meeting. From left are Teresa Moyer, Customer Achievement award; Bud Bell, Outstanding Contribution award; Arlie Thrush, Outstanding Contribution award; Jeff Sims, Outstanding Contribution award; state Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, Public Service award; Blaise Alexander, Outstanding Contribution award; and Savonna Reagan, Employee of the Year award.
"They give everything and expect nothing," said Terry E. Roller, president and CEO.
When receiving her award, Bullock said she has public service "running through my blood."
Savonna Reagan, housing counselor, was chosen from the more than 300 employees of STEP to receive the Employee of the Year honor.
Teresa Moyer received the Customer Achievement award for her work with the Head Start program.
State Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, was honored by being recognized with the Public Service award.
Three organizations were noted for "Outstanding Contributions." Blaise Alexander Family Dealership and Park Homes were honored for giving $100,000 each to STEP. Infinity Oilfield Service LLC also was recognized for its $225,000 contribution to the organization's programs.
Roller said that each of the individuals' efforts are needed, especially in these economic times.
David Stone Jr., board chairman, said the organization needed to make changes when its transportation program almost was lost. He said with relief from the state - which Mirabito helped secure - and re-organizing hours of operation, the program was saved.
Stone added that as STEP continues to look for "alternative" ways of funding itself, there is no question the organization will continue to be successful.
Reagan said it's a future she is eager to being a part of.
"As STEP moves forward, I'm very excited to be part of that vision," she said.
Roller said all of the individuals who are involved with the organization are "absolutely critical" to its continued success.
He added that with so many in attendance at its yearly event, it shows the community appreciates the services and programs STEP provides.
"It's exciting," Roller said. "I think it shows the support we have from the community."