Whidbey's Tina Belle Isle wins HOPE service award | KUDOS

Volunteer award winner Tina Belle Isle pictured with one of her helpers at HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center.  - Photo courtesy of Sue Steele
Volunteer award winner Tina Belle Isle pictured with one of her helpers at HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Sue Steele

HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center volunteer Tina Belle Isle was recently presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

Established in 2003, the award is given annually to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of thousands of certifying organizations participating in the award program, HOPE confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.

HOPE has a long history of volunteer service, and more than 50 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization, which helps students discover their abilities.

“In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps, and called on every American to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service,” said Melissa Jacobe, program director of HOPE Therapeutic Riding Center.

“America’s volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a Certifying Organization for the Award program, HOPE is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives,” she said.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is available to every American from every age group and every walk of life. To be eligible to receive the award, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating certifying organizations that will verify the service and deliver the award. Award eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements that vary by age.

“These recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans,” Jacobe said.

“Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a nation, through their commitment.”

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in the United States.  The council consists of leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits, volunteer service organizations and community volunteering.

For more information about volunteering for HOPE, call the office at 221-7656, email, or visit

For more information about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit or call 1-866-545-5307.


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