Making her faith a part of her daily life has served Judy Voll well for the past 14 years she's worked for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.

Making her faith a part of her daily life has served Judy Voll well for the past 14 years she's worked for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.

That commitment was honored May 15, when Voll received a Living Faith Award from the Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council (CMACC).

She was one of 10 laypersons chosen from among 19 nominations to receive Living Faith awards this year.

Voll, a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, said working with WARM has provided her with many blessings.

"I feel that doing service for God is the biggest thing that I can do, and this has been a way to do it," Voll said. "It just gives a great fulfillment, and I've been blessed by God."

Voll has served in various capacities over the years with WARM, starting as a clothes closet organizer. She currently serves as coordinator of family services.

"I meet with each person we see and help them to see what's going on in their lives and get the resources they need," Voll said. "This could take the form of counseling, help with paying utilities or showing them the steps needed to get their GED."

Living Faith awards are given as a means of recognizing persons of exemplary faith and the influence of faith within their vocation and larger community, according to the CMACC. Nominations were received from friends, colleagues and parishioners of persons who were chosen as representing one or more areas of education, business, public/community service, health, social service, and arts/humanities.

Several members of the community commented on Voll's servitude for the award application letter.

"Many others have commented on what it means to them to have Judy's friendship and to share ministry and service with her," the Rev. Charles Klinger of St. Paul the Apostle said. "Her prayerful spirit is the basis of all her activity to better the lives of others."

"I have found that Judy has a particular gift in blending the three dimensions of her work -- bringing clients back on their feet financially, emotionally and spiritually," the Rev. Mark Gauen of First Presbyterian Church said.

Voll said that while she appreciates the recognition, her real reward comes in the form of calls and visits from former clients who have bettered their lives.

"Now we're seeing a lot more of our single moms getting their degree; one I knew who worked a job and had two paper routes, she called the other day and said her family wouldn't need the food pantry any more," Voll said. "I'm really so proud of her, and it's really a blessing to be able to help with that support."

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