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Ashland man receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Thomas Crowley of Ashland received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for logging 286 hours of volunteer work in 2021. Submitted photo.

An Ashland man is among four U.S. Cellular employees across the country bestowed presidential honors for their hundreds of hours of volunteer work.

Thomas Crowley, a lead operation control analyst for U.S. Cellular, received the honor from the Office of the President of the United States after logging 286 hours of volunteer work in 2021, according to a news release from the carrier issued Tuesday.

Crowley volunteered in multiple ways last year, but his favorite volunteer opportunity, according to a short statement on U.S. Cellular’s website, was an after-school program with Mount Ashland Ski Area, where Thursday and Friday evenings he helped teach school buses of kids “who would otherwise never learn how to ski.”

“I don’t volunteer for recognition, but it’s exciting to be honored by my company and country,” Crowley wrote. “My mother is going to be so proud.”

Crowley said he’s met employees on the mountain who got their start from the program on Mount Ashland, but it’s not the only way he volunteers. He said he currently volunteers by reading stories virtually to secon-graders for 20 minutes once a week.

He encourages others to find opportunities by visiting volunteer.gov.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation has been giving out the award since 2003 “to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity.” The program is led by AmeriCorps and managed in partnership with the global volunteer network Points of Light.