The City of Orlando values the contributions of active and involved citizen volunteers who help build a stronger community. To recognize the volunteers who have a significant impact on the well-being of our community, Mayor Buddy Dyer has created the Community Builder Award. Through their actions, these community builders make our City a better place to live, work and raise a family. Mayor Dyer will present the Community Builder Award at his annual Neighborhood and Community Summit, held in the spring of each year. This award will be presented for the fifth time at the Neighborhood and Community Summit on March 21, 2015.
2014 Community Builder Award Recipient
Dr. Ruth McKeefery
Volunteer Director, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Orlando
Dr. Ruth McKeefery has volunteered to coordinate St. Luke’s United Methodist’s Educational IMPACT (Innovative Ministries with Parents, Administrators, Children and Teachers) program for five years. She recruits, trains and places IMPACT volunteers. Through IMPACT, Dr. McKeefery and volunteers support two Title One elementary schools, Mollie Ray and Pineloch. There are now 400 volunteers in these schools and most of them were recruited, trained and placed through Dr. McKeeferey’s efforts. She was also instrumental in founding “Shepherd’s Hope” free health clinics. After 17 years, Shepherd’s Hope has cared for more than 180,000 patients. Dr. McKeefery spearheaded the development of and volunteers in St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center.