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Wilkes University Student Jennifer Borton Recognized by Greater Pittston YMCA as Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year

Wilkes University senior Jennifer Borton of Harding, Pa., was awarded the Sam Milazzo Volunteer of the Year award by the Greater Pittston YMCA. The award was presented on Nov. 8 at the 2017 Greater Pittston YMCA Annual Dinner and Community Awards ceremony at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Borton, an early childhood education major, was nominated by the board of directors for the award. A volunteer with the YMCA for three years, Borton was recognized for her work with the Jack-O-Lantern Jog which benefits the Greater Pittston YMCA. Borton and another YMCA volunteer created the event last year but Borton was the sole-organizer for the 2017 event. The run took place on Oct. 22 at the Luzerne County National Recreation Trail along the Susquehanna River.

Emily Azocar, member engagement coordinator at the Greater Pittston YMCA, explained that Borton is “that person that’s always there when you need her.” Borton volunteers in the YMCA’s childcare department where she works with the children on their homework, gets the students on and off the bus and takes them to the gym among other responsibilities. Her work with the YMCA inspired her to pursue a degree in education, noting the impact she has been able to make in children’s lives in the simplest of ways.

At the event, Borton gave a speech, highlighting her volunteerism through the YMCA while paying homage to those who have inspired her: her parents, brother and grandmother.