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Pictured left to right: Young Marines Sgt. Jessica Allen (Ret.) of Acworth, with Adrienne Massingill, adult volunteer with the Etowah Valley Young Marines.

The nonprofit organization Young Marines has honored Ball Ground resident Adrienne Massingill with the Volunteer of the Year award for her work with the organization.

Massingill was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award for Division 3 as part of April’s National Volunteer Week last week. She volunteers with the Etowah Valley Young Marines located in Cartersville. Massingill has volunteered more than 5,900 community service hours through the Young Marines program.

Division 3 includes six states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

“Adrienne’s passion and determination really stand out in all she has done for her unit as well as for the organization,” Col. William Davis USMC (Ret.), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines, said in a statement. "It is especially meaningful to present this award during April which is National Volunteer Month. She is a wonderful mentor and teacher, reflecting all the best traits of our volunteers.”

For Massingill, seeing the youth members achieve their goals and set examples makes volunteering worth every key stroke and phone call.

“Volunteering helps shape the lives of the those who are mentored,” she said. “I have seen many youth members reach their goals and be exactly what they set out to be. Perhaps they did not believe they could accomplish a task or live a dream, but I’ve witnessed them not only accomplishing that task but living their dream to the fullest.”

The Young Marines is a national youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. It promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

For information about the Etowah Valley Young Marines, call 678-918-6478 or visit www.YoungMarines.com.

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