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YMCA names Volunteer of the Year

Photo by Caroline Gonzmart

Photo by Caroline Gonzmart

Dalton Knox Jr. didn't know much about the Covington Family YMCA when he was recruited by a friend to serve on its board of directors.

Six years later, he's the organization's Volunteer of the Year, having devoted many hours to helping the Y achieve its mission in the community.

Knox was recruited by Reed Beard, a YMCA board member, who sat him down one day and explained the need for more volunteers.

"I jumped in with both feet and learned as I served," he said. Knox would serve three terms as chairman, recently stepping down from that position with the intention of continuing on as a board member.

Knox said it's the board's job to support the YMCA staff, through discussing budgets and staffing, planning and fundraising and recruiting other board members to keep the leadership strong.

"We kind of stay at 30,000 feet and let them run the day to day," he said.

Knox said he's been most impressed with the Y's outreach programs.

"The Y helps a tremendous amount of kids. They're big into after school and day care and help a tremendous amount of moms and families that couldn't afford that elsewhere," he said. "The staff does wonders with kids, working with them in all the sports programs."

Knox said he was very surprised and grateful when notified he was picked as Volunteer of the Year.

"The Y is grateful to Dalton for all the ways he has given of his time and resources during the past six years, helping us learn better ways to carry out our mission," said Executive Director Louly Hay-Kapp. "He has definitely made a great impact on the Covington Y and our community."

Knox will be honored on Nov. 7 at the Metro Atlanta YMCA Volunteer Recognition Dinner.