June 16, 2014 at 1:00 am

Spotlight to shine on Macomb volunteers

Chippewa Valley High senior Dan Tomazewski, left, and sophomore Sal Marinello work with construction trades instructor Joe Churches. (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)

Mount Clemens —The Macomb County Board of Commissioners will honor 70 volunteers during its annual Volunteer Recognition on Thursday.

The honorees donated 150 hours or more of their time to a local community or organization last year. They were nominated by an organization, friend or family member.

All 13 districts in the county are represented by at least two volunteers. The top honoree is Carolyn Johnson, who volunteered 1,560 hours at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Another honoree is Joe Churches, a construction trades instructor at Chippewa Valley High School. Each year, Churches and his students construct an entire house for Macomb County Habitat for Humanity. The house is prefabricated in two parts in the school workshop, then moved onto a foundation and completed, Churches explained.

“It’s a bit overbuilt,” Churches said. “You have to remember that the house is being moved, so we do some extra stuff.”

As for the recognition Thursday, he said, “I’m just doing my job. It’s been nothing but a blessing.”

David Flynn, chairman of the county board, said volunteers are an invaluable asset to Macomb.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of our communities, and I think it speaks volumes of Macomb County to have so many residents dedicate their time across the region,” said Flynn.

The honorees will be presented with certificates and have their pictures taken during a reception following the commissioner’s full board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Macomb County Administration Building, 1 S. Main St., Mount Clemens.

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