Brian Adams was recognized as Solid Ground’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on Monday, April 11th at East Metro Place. Since 2014, Brian, a White Bear Lake resident, has given his time and energy as a leader of our Boys Club, a group for 9 through 15 year old boys, taking them on monthly excursions. Brian also volunteers as a tutor and has gone above and beyond to help out kids during difficult times.
“Brian is such a great guy” says Solid Ground Executive Director, Trisha Cummins Kauffman. “He really cares about our kids, whether it’s supporting their academic success or helping them grow into well-rounded young men. He and the Boys Club give them experiences that they would otherwise never be able to have and we are truly grateful for all that he does.”
Brian accepted the award in front of an audience of approximately 50 Solid Ground volunteers, staff and residents. In regards to receiving this award and his volunteerism with Solid Ground, Brian says “I have been mentoring and tutoring kids for over 30 years. It has been one of the most meaningful parts of my life. Each child is unique and loveable, I find it a great privilege to be a part of each of their lives and growth. I strive to be a positive role model since we know this is so important for every child. Tutoring aligns with my faith and values through helping others and provides a great opportunity to grow personally through learning new skills from knowledgeable, caring staff professionals who are amazing! Thank you for letting me, the men who are part of Boys Club, the awesome tutors and other volunteers at Solid Ground experience this joy!”
At the April 11th Volunteer Appreciation Event, Solid Ground also recognized Dale Daul of Grant with the award for the Most Volunteer Hours in 2017, Deb and Greg Jones of Shoreview for the Volunteer Family/Group of the Year, and celebrated the contributions of all Solid Ground volunteers. Volunteers were thanked by Solid Ground Board Vice Chair, Mary Berger of White Bear Lake, as well as by Solid Ground residents. In 2017, Solid Ground was supported by nearly 700 volunteers providing 6,507 hours of volunteer service.