Citizen of the Week: Dianeli Angeles

Whether it's volunteering to hide eggs for an Easter egg hunt in Dalton or babysitting in Calhoun, Dianeli Angeles, a volunteer with the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, is always willing to help.

"She's quiet, but a go-getter," said Whitney Cockburn, volunteer coordinator for the crisis center, which provides shelter and support to victims of domestic violence in Whitfield, Murray and Gordon counties. The crisis center serves about 1,600 clients a year.

"We really needed help in Calhoun with child care recently and she didn't hesitate to volunteer," Cockburn said. "She offered to babysit while parents attended a counseling event."

Cockburn said when volunteers help with child care it gives parents "time to deescalate their day."

"Volunteering also allows parents to attend classes or therapy they may need," she said.

Cockburn said she was impressed with Angeles' willingness to go outside of Dalton, because usually it's not something young volunteers offer to do.

"It's different volunteering in your own city, but when you go out of town that's dedication," she said.

Cockburn said volunteers are important and essential to the crisis center's operation.

"We need the volunteers' help because without them we couldn't provide for our clients," she said. "It's volunteer hours that make our world go around."

Angeles, a criminal justice major at Dalton State College, is one of about 60 volunteers who help with a variety of duties at the crisis center including mentoring, cooking, data support, transportation, maintenance and help with special events.

Cockburn said Angeles has been a volunteer for two years and works mostly with children, but has helped wherever she's needed. She said she's "very thankful" for Angeles and all of the volunteers.

"They are definitely great assets to our community," she said. "We're always looking for volunteers. If anyone is interested, please call me." Cockburn can be reached at (706) 278-6595.

For her willingness to volunteer with an important agency within our community, the Daily Citizen-News names Dianeli Angeles Citizen of the Week.

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