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East Haven Volunteers Receive Presidential Award

Shawn Hopkinson — along with three dozen other East Haven volunteers who were also recognized for their Tropical Storm Irene relief work — was presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award on Tuesday.

Update at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday

Shawn Hopkinson was all smiles when he received his President's Volunteer Service award Tuesday afternoon at the .

Hopkinson was joined by some three dozen other East Haven residents who were also honored for their volunteer relief work in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Joseph Maturo presented the awards to each of the recipients.

All of those honored today were part of "People Helping People," an all-volunteer relief organization founded by Hopkinson.

East Haven Patch attended the ceremony, and we have the entire presentation — as well as an interview with Hopkinson — posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

Original Story (Sunday at 5:45 a.m.)

Shawn Hopkinson will soon receive his President’s Volunteer Service Award, which the East Haven resident along the shoreline following .

The presentation will be made by Joseph Maturo on Tuesday, March 13, at the Community Room, beginning at 2 p.m.

In addition, People Helping People — the volunteer group Hopkinson formed and led — will receive its own President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The award gives recipients a lapel pin, certificate and letter from President Barack Obama.

Maturo will present both awards at the ceremony and the pin awarded to the group will be donated to the , according to the Mayor's Office.

In addition, the mayor will be giving a "Mayoral Proclamation" to Hopkinson and each representative of the group.

Michelle Petroccio March 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
The positive press for EH is wonderful! Congratulations to Shawn on this fine honor, you are a true humanitarian, and just the kind of citizen East Haven should recognize! If there were more people like you in communities al over the place, the whole world would be a better place. Thanks for spreading your kindness to so many, you have surely set an example of what it means when they say "pay it forward". God bless you.
Janet A Cianelli March 11, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I couldn't have said it better than you did Michelle! So happy for Shawn !He stepped up to the plate and put the wheels in motion to show the generosity of our community! So proud of you Shawn ! Now if others could learn from you what a beautiful place this would be!
Shawn Hopkinson March 13, 2012 at 04:54 AM
THANK YOU SOO MUCH
Bob Fawkes March 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Well done Mr. Hopkinson. You and the other volunteers who pitched in and helped organize and spearhead relief efforts following the storm embody the true spirit of community. Thank you.
Krissy Montesanto March 14, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Great Job Shawn. I am very proud of you. When Ricky nd you met many, many years ago I knew that you were a very special and generious young man. I have for many year thought of you as my own son and I am proud to know you. I knew for many years that you will do great things and you have. Keep up the good work. I also want to say thank you to the whole commitee that work so hard during and after the storm. Thank you again to shawn and the whole committee for all your support during our time of need.
Janet A Cianelli March 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Thank-you Patch and Julie for a positive spin for East Haven Everyone mentioned above are all special ! I must say Volunteerism goes on every single day in our wonderful town and I must also say it is nice to be recognised but most work is done behind the scenes and the people never get recognised so to All the volunteers out there Thank-you and God Bless You!
Lise Cavallaro March 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Congratulations! This is the kind of story that should be headlines in the NH Register.
Ginger DeMatteo March 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
What a great story. It was heartwarming to see all the volunteers who stepped up when our community needed it. I am so happy that these people have been honored. Although most volunteers aren't in it for recognition, sometimes, when you go above and beyond, it is warranted. Congratulations.
Rosie March 14, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Congratulations to all the volunteer's, especially Mr. Hopkinson. It is nice to see such a positive story. A well deserved honor!

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