MANCHESTER, NH -- Long-time AbilityPLUS volunteer Rich Staples has been honored as Volunteer of the Year by his employer Fannie Mae at its annual SERVE Volunteer Awards Luncheon in Washington, DC on March 27. Staples has been volunteering with AbilityPLUS for more than 12 years and is a member of the organization’s board of directors.
“Richard is incredibly generous with his time and talents and we’re truly lucky that he has chosen to volunteer with our organization,” said Ability PLUS Executive Director David Hauser. “The entire staff and AbilityPLUS family is proud of his contribution to enriching the lives of the AbilityPLUS participants he works with each weekend during the winter at our Attitash & Wildcat Resorts program. And even though he’s based in the Mount Washington Valley, he’s always the first to volunteer at events at our other program locations.”
Including his volunteer commitment at AbilityPLUS, Richard donated over 500 hours to volunteer projects in four states and the District of Columbia in 2011. He is an ongoing blood platelet donor and participates with several affordable housing and community efforts in Rhode Island, and his job at Fannie Mae helps homeowners in the greater Washington, DC area avoid foreclosure.
“I was thrilled just to be nominated as there were many other nominees at the luncheon representing thousands of hours of dedicated community service across the country,” Staples said following the ceremony. “There were many kind words shared for all of us and the emcee said she had been to the AbilityPLUS website and was amazed and inspired by what she saw. Of course, I am amazed and inspired by AbilityPLUS myself, and am very proud that my work with my fellow volunteers and student participants has been recognized this way.”
AbilityPLUS provides athletic and recreational programs year ‘round from its facilities at Mount Snow, Vermont and Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Resort in New Hampshire. It has affiliate programs at resorts throughout New England, offering access to athletic and recreational opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. The programs are designed to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential. AbilityPLUS is a 501(c) 3 organization and serves people with all manner of physical and developmental disabilities. AbilityPLUS is partnered with Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Sports USA, and proudly serves people with autism across the spectrum. For more information visit www.abilityPLUS.org or call (800) 287-8415.