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Cleveland insider: meet three stalwart volunteers

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FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | BRANDON BAKER | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016

There’s no single reason why some people repeatedly volunteer their time and talents to agencies and programs. Some were simply raised that way, while others cite faith and a higher power demanding that they give back. It takes a special kind of empathy, patience and desire for change in order to volunteer just once, let alone for multiple years. Fresh Water contributor Brandon Baker has sat down with three locals who have done just that, lending wisdom, insight, manpower and more to Cleveland agencies that aim to impact lives. These are the people who make good happen – again and again and again.

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Q & A: Rick Kemm

Executive Director Rick Kemm of The May Dugan Center in Ohio City - Photo © Bob Perkoski, www.Perkoski.com

FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | BRANDON BAKER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016

Rick Kemm is the kind of guy you might spend an hour chatting and laughing with before you realize where the time went. But amid anecdotes and smiles, the executive director of the May Dugan Center is sure to convey the community’s needs and why he’s the one capable of catalyzing change. Decades ago when he became a manager at the American Red Cross in Cleveland, an area resident confronted Kemm, angry that he had been chosen for the job as opposed to a Puerto Rican. Kemm didn’t back down.

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Turning back from the edge

- Photo © Bob Perkoski, www.Perkoski.com

FRESH WATER CLEVELAND | BRANDON BAKER | THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

In Peter Katsilis’ profession, true success is marked by client relationships coming to an end.  The licensed bilingual social worker at the May Dugan Center sees about six clients per day, including many who are experiencing homelessness in the greater Cleveland area. Others might be looking for a job or escaping a tragic situation. Katsilis has helped many achieve their goal for a better life since he started working for the Ohio City non-profit three years ago, but like many area health and human service workers, he can’t settle on any one choice as the best success story.

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