FamilyMeans gives Barbara Holland the Grace B. Stoltze volunteer award

Stillwater-based FamilyMeans has awarded Barbara (Barb) Holland the Grace B. Stoltze award for her many years of volunteer service to the agency.

Barb has served FamilyMeans in many capacities since 2005 where she first volunteered her time as a receptionist and office coordinator. Since then, she has donated more than 2,700 hours on many projects from assembling materials, reorganizing supplies, providing in-home respite care and helping out at FamilyMeans’ Day Out program for seniors who have a chronic illness, disability or frailty.

A Stillwater resident, Barb learned about the FamilyMeans volunteer opportunity after retiring from a local law office where she was a legal assistant and office manager for 19 years.

“Volunteering is an important part of my retirement and I still have enough time to spend with family and friends,” said Barb, who believes she gains a great deal from her volunteer experiences. “I really enjoy making someone’s day a little brighter.”

When Barb isn’t volunteering at FamilyMeans, her church or with other community organizations, she can be found gardening, quilting, reading, baking or playing games.

The Grace B. Stoltze award, the agency’s highest honor given to volunteers for remarkable service, was created in 1990 after its namesake, Grace B. Stoltze, one of FamilyMeans’ founders who herself recognized the importance of volunteerism.

In 2016, FamilyMeans benefited from the time and talent of 236 volunteers who provided 13,136 hours of service.