2014 Community Quarterback Award Winners

The Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award program recognizes volunteers throughout the state of Georgia (ages 13 and over) who exemplify leadership and dedication to bettering their communities. We know that many organizations rely on quality volunteers to create and facilitate programs that benefit many lives throughout the state of Georgia and this award is designed to recognize and reward these individuals.

Community Quarterback MVP - Maureen Lok

The Atlanta Falcons named Maureen Lok the 2014 Community Quarterback MVP at the fifth annual Community Honors Dinner. For this honor, a $4,000 grant from NFL Charities will be provided to The Center for Children & Young Adults.

December Winner - Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson

Dennis has been a volunteer driver with I CARE, Inc. for over seven years. He uses his own vehicle and pays for his own gas to provide free transportation to medical appointments for senior citizens in DeKalb County at least once a week, but will frequently take on a second or third ride if needed. Not only does Dennis provide transportation, but companionship as he also volunteers to sit in the waiting room. Dennis has had a strong impact on the seniors in his community, thus improving their overall health, safety, well-being and allowing them to maintain their independence.

I CARE, Inc. is a DeKalb County based nonprofit that provides free transportation to medical appointments to low income or no income senior citizens living in DeKalb County using volunteer drivers. I CARE, Inc. has been providing this free service to seniors citizens for over 13 years. The purpose of I CARE (Interfaith Companion And Ride Express) is to provide free transportation and companionship for low income senior citizens of all faiths living in DeKalb county, especially in underserved areas to their medical appointments.

November Winner - Ryan Barnard

Ryan Barnard

Ryan Barnard became a member of Kate’s Club at the age of 13 after suddenly losing his father. Through the organization and its programs, Ryan was provided an outlet not only to discuss the loss of his father but find solace in other members’ stories. Ryan became a “Buddy” volunteer at Kate's Club clubhouse when he turned 18 and for the last three years has provided support to other grieving children and teens.

Kate's Club is a volunteer led organization that focuses on providing grief support and therapeutic activities through social and recreational therapies to empower children facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. Kate's Club also provides an annual grief camp, empowering children and teens to share their grief story while having fun and playing in a camp environment.

October Winner - Maureen Lok

Maureen Lok

Maureen Lok began volunteering with The Center for Children & Young Adults in 2001. Lok has managed the community garden as a volunteer for 13 years and can be found two days a week digging in the dirt on campus. As the volunteer garden manager, Maureen continues to lead and motivate her fellow Master Gardeners and works directly with the Youth Garden Club to instruct on how to prepare the ground, plant and harvest vegetables and fruit to farm to table. In 2013, CCYA farmed to table over 450 pounds of fresh produce from the garden. Lok continues to work tirelessly to engage new community partners to help support the expansion of the community garden as well as established a youth entrepreneurship project with Kennesaw State University to offer healthy cooking lessons which incorporate produce from the community garden.

The Center for Children & Young Adults was established in 1981 and began housing youth in 1984. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with comprehensive services for homeless Georgia youth and young adults ages 12-20 who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk. Ultimately, CCYA wants to help teens who have no other placement or family resources to transition successfully into independence and self-sufficiency.

September Winner - Sage Adams

Garland Jones

While attending Georgia State University, majoring in Film, Sage began volunteering at the George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. With his film background, Sage helped to develop Media Makers, a program designed to introduce club members to the art of film making, audio production, recording and photography. He facilitates weekly visits to the Whitefoord Computer Clubhouse to offer additional opportunities to utilize skills learned associated with videography and art production. Recently, he assisted club members in creating a documentary of their experiences with the George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta as well as assisted in the completion of a short film. Sage’s contribution to club members has opened up the possibility of careers in television, audio engineering and writing.

For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta has delivered on their promise to provide at-risk metro area youth with the support needed to reach their full potential. Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta's mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive, and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve great futures. Main services offered are after school program and summer camp.