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.