Piqua Community Foundation presents Hinsch awards

For Miami Valley Today

PIQUA — The Piqua Community Foundation recently honored two outstanding local volunteers. Jenny Stewart and Jim Stammen were awarded the Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service awards at the YWCA Piqua as part of the Community Foundation’s spring grant distribution. The awards were presented by John Hinsch, the son of Margaret and Scott and a representative of the Hinsch Family Fund of the Community Foundation.

These awards differ from other recognition programs in that the honorees are selected based on activities done on behalf of one organization during one specific calendar year, in this case 2018. In addition, the non-profit groups whose nominees were selected were each awarded a $1,000 unrestricted grant from the Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer.

The Margaret W. Hinsch Award was presented to Stewart, from the YWCA Piqua. She was the original “Safe Sitter” trained instructor in the fall of 2017. She devoted countless hours for the training and additional time spent preparing to teach the three-week class to youth 11-13 years old. Stewart’s work on the class helped many young people learn to be safe babysitters for younger children. Because of her enthusiasm for this program, a new “Safe@Home” class was introduced in 2019 to prepare students in grades 4-6 to feel safe when they are home alone. Jenny encouraged several others to be part of these two programs — she has now been a mentor to the participants and to others who will be teaching future classes.

The Scott J. Hinsch Award was presented to Stammen for his work with the Piqua Catholic School IT department. He began volunteering part-time in the fall of 2017, but since early 2018 this has become almost a full-time commitment on Stammen’s part. He spends countless hours at both campuses of Piqua Catholic, working with staff members and students, checking on their needs and troubleshooting. Jim’s countless hours of volunteer work have saved Piqua Catholic thousands of dollars that were once spent on a paid contractual basis. The school may now spend those dollars to update equipment and software that will keep their students abreast of ever-changing technology.

Applications for next year’s Hinsch Community Service awards will be available in January 2020. Any 501(c)(3) or equivalent organization located in Piqua interested in nominating a volunteer should visit www.piquacommunityfoundation.org for more information.

Photo caption: Jenny Stewart representing the Y.W.C.A. Piqua, John Hinsch of the Piqua Community Foundation Hinsch Family Fund, and Jim Stammen representing Piqua Catholic School are pictured with a placard of Margaret and Scott Hinsch.