Michelle Boyea named volunteer of the year at the City of Milton's Volunteer Appreciation luncheon

Milton honors community-oriented people



MILTON, Ga. — Michelle Boyea, city ambassador for the Milton chapter of the Young Men's Service League (YMSL), was named Volunteer of the Year March 23 at the City of Milton's Volunteer Appreciation luncheon.

Cindy Eade, Milton's sustainability coordinator, and Amanda Quintana, who served as Milton's grant-funded community builder, were honored for their work with the volunteer Milton Grows Green Committee, National Wildlife Habitat Project and Better Together.

They joined more than 100 City of Milton volunteers and staff at the city's luncheon, held at Milton City Hall.

Boyea, a Milton resident, has served as the city ambassador with YMSL since its founding two years ago.

As ambassador, she worked closely with a number of Milton departments to coordinate volunteers for the Milton Roundup, Earth Day Festival, Adopt-a-Road clean-ups, planting and clean-up of Milton Fire Station No. 41, bi-annual Bulky Trash Amnesty Days and Bring One for the Chipper tree recycling.

Boyea will assume the mantle of chapter president next year.

Eade, a veteran of local environmental efforts, came to Milton in 2010 and has helped expand Milton Grows Green's outreach projects while launching the National Wildlife Habitat Project. She was instrumental in securing Milton's Green Communities certification from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Clean Air Campaign's Pace Award.

She continues her work, and will soon be able to add Milton's inclusion in the National Wildlife Federation's "Community Wildlife Habitat" to her list of accomplishments.

Quintana led Better Together from its inception in 2011 until the completion of its grant cycle in 2012. During that time, the group issued grants supporting neighborhood improvements, promoting neighborhood associations and funding projects to bring community members together.

In that time, Better Together was able to vet, initiate and complete nine separate projects, including an adapted horse washing rack, a community art project, a bowling night for local youth, a sensory garden at Milton High School, landscaping at Milton Fire Station No. 43, two Living Room Conversations, a pet trick day in Crabapple, multiple service efforts for Milton-based Special Equestrians of Georgia and picnic tables for Milton-based Canine Assistants.

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