“This award reflects the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities.”- CenterPoint Energy
MINNEAPOLIS – August 30, 2016
– CenterPoint Energy employee and Golden Valley resident, Bonnie Creason, was recently selected by YouthCARE
to receive the Bruce A. Palmer Distinguished Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her tireless service to youth in the Twin Cities communities. The award is the highest recognition bestowed upon YouthCARE volunteers and winners are chosen by a selection committee made up of senior staff.
“This award reflects the caring, unselfish spirit that many of our company’s employees demonstrate in their communities,” said Jean Krause, community relations director for CenterPoint Energy. “CenterPoint Energy is proud to see its employees partnering with community organizations like this to build inclusive and sustainable communities in each of the areas that we serve.”
Creason, an art director for CenterPoint Energy, mentors young women in the Little Earth Community in south Minneapolis through the Young Women’s Mentoring Program and also serves on the YouthCARE marketing and events committee. “My relationships with the girls, other youth, the community, the organization and other volunteers inspire me every day,” said Creason. “I’ve always felt a momentous way to change the world is to be there for a child. They just need someone to pay attention to them, and create expectations and experience that help them become successful.”
“YouthCARE’s mission is to promote respect for self and others, develop future leaders and provide youth with positive multicultural activities and relationships with caring adults,” added Willie Dean, Ph.D., executive director for YouthCARE. “Bonnie has given unselfishly of her time, talents, and treasures to help ensure that YouthCARE has the resources to serve youth in our community.”
Creason was presented her award during Visitors’ Day at Camp Sunrise
, a year-round YouthCARE outdoor educational program focused on bringing together Twin Cities youth, ages 13-18 years, from diverse ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds to live and work in an outdoor community. Creason and her husband, Douglas Giron, helped prepare camp for this season by cutting grass, removing debris and helping set-up equipment.
Since 1974, YouthCARE has led ambitious multicultural youth development programs to empower youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul to thrive and lead.
Through innovative programming and relationships with caring adults, participants find the support, education, and perspective to become global citizens and community leaders.
To learn more about what CenterPoint Energy is doing in your community, visit CenterPointEnergy.com/Community.