More than 400 highly-trained volunteer instructors and guides make Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ mission of empowering individuals with disabilities possible. Out of a dedicated pool of volunteers, the Vermont Adaptive staff recognized one outstanding volunteer at the organization’s winter orientation sessions last month. Program Coordinator Kelly Walsh presented Maggie Holt of Burlington with the the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award.
The award is a tribute in honor of Jim Hutchinson, a Vermont Adaptive volunteer who left a legacy of empowerment to people of all abilities and commitment towards supporting the organization.
Holt was nominated for her positive attitude, patience and passion for helping people with disabilities. “Her skills as a physical therapist reflect in her ability to assess and teach participants with a variety of physical disabilities,” said Maggie Burke, managing director at Vermont Adaptive.
Over the past two years, Holt has raised more than $2,000 for Vermont Adaptive through her participation in the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive. Holt sets the bar high, volunteering her time year-round. Helping with biking, coordinating a new program, and traveling throughout the state to volunteer at fundraisers makes Holt an outstanding representative of Vermont Adaptive.
“Maggie is a volunteer who goes above and beyond,” said Walsh. “Her positive attitude lights up the Bolton office every time she comes in, which is very often.”
Collectively, Vermont Adaptive volunteers put in more than 24,000 hours annually and the organization would not be where it is today without the support of these individuals.
Volunteer extraordinaire Maggie Holt has been named the year’s top volunteer by Vermont Adaptive.