Annual ECCCM Charlie Bunn Service Award

The annual Charlie Bunn Service Award was established in memory of Charlie Bunn, who as a long-time volunteer at ECCCM served thousands of hours of service as a selfless volunteer.

Charlie Bunn’s family will be guests of honor and will make a donation to ECCCM in honor of the award recipient. 

Criteria is self-explanatory on the Volunteer Service Award Nomination Form, and is drawn from Charlie’s exemplary life as a volunteer. Award recipients will exemplify the traits practiced by Charlie.

Thanks to ECCCM's Wonderful Volunteers!!!

ECCCM volunteers work throughout the ministry on a daily basis, assisting with activities that are necessary to the daily operations of the ministry. No task is more important than another as everything matters and must be done. Our volunteers help daily by:

  • Bagging food in the Food Pantry
  • Stocking shelves in the Food Pantry
  • Packing donated eggs for distribution
  • Filling client orders at the drive-through of the Food Pantry
  • Helping to keep the warehouse stocked and in order
  • Sorting clothes and donations for the Thrift Store
  • Stocking, merchandising and assisting clients in the Thrift Store
  • Providing necessary light clerical work in the office area
  • ...and many more weekly and monthly functions

It's ECCCM's Turn to Serve You, our Volunteers!

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held on:

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 5:30 PM at Trinity United Church of Church in Conover, NC

when the ECCCM Board of Directors and staff honored and recognized our wonderful volunteers and all they do for ECCCM with:

  • Dinner
  • Door Prizes
  • Entertainment
  • Announcment of the Charlie Bunn Volunteer of the Year Service Award

Thanks for all you do for ECCCM!!!


2014 Charlie Bunn Service Award

Yolanda and Rev. Silber

Yolanda and Rev. Silber

                ECCCM held its annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner on October 2, 2014 at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ.  Not only was Trinity Reformed UCC gracious enough to allow us to use their fellowship hall but they provided dinner.  Terry Settlemyer and his crew prepared a delicious meal.  The choir from Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist church sang a selection of beautiful gospel songs as the entertainment for the night.  Door prizes were given to the volunteers by the Board to show their appreciation, as well.

                The highlight of the night, as usual, was the presentation of the Charlie Bunn Service Award.  Yolanda Matamoros-Ruiz was this year’s recipient.  Yolanda works with the thrift store sorting and pricing items to be sold.  She has been a dedicated volunteer since 2007.  Yolanda makes volunteering a family affair by bringing her children and sister.  She truly has become part of the ECCCM family.  We are so grateful for her and her family.

                We are truly blessed by Yolanda and all of our volunteers and look forward to another year of serving God! 

Click here for photos from last year's event


2013 Charlie Bunn Service Award

Paula Stevens

Paula Stevens

On October 3 2013, ECCCM held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner with the presentation of the annual Charlie Bunn Service Award. Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton was most gracious, providing their fellowship hall to ECCCM for the evening, where everyone gathered for a wonderful meal catered by Washburn Wings and More of Conover and served by ECCCM’s Board of Directors. Paula Stevens of Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church provided singing entertainment to the backdrop of a scrolling photo show of ECCCM’s volunteers in action who serve others in the name of Christ. 

Rev. Silber congratulates Max Fox

Rev. Silber congratulates Max Fox

The capstone of the evening was the annual presentation of the Charlie Bunn Service Award to the volunteer, nominated by their peers, who best exemplifies the commitment, ethos and spirit of Charlie Bunn, who was a long-time volunteer at ECCCM. This year’s award went to Max Fox, who has been an active volunteer for well over 10 years. With a passion and care for ECCCM as his ministry, Max has overseen the total overhaul and operation of the ECCCM Thrift Store. With his care and compassion, Max cares for his customers, even pulling out his own wallet from time to time to help someone in need. Max is at the ministry each day without fail, oversees the store operations, and plans ahead through the year with store operations that help fund ministry operations. Max is more than a volunteer: he is a friend who loves God and neighbor. 

Congratulations Max and thanks for all you do for ECCCM and our community!


 2012 Charlie Bunn Service Award

The capstone of this year’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was the naming of the first recipient of the annual Charlie Bunn Service Award. Announced at last year’s appreciation dinner, the first recipient of the new Charlie Bunn Service Award was announced. Gordon Johnson, who was nominated by his peers, was selected as the 2012 recipient who models the ethic, ethos and volunteer spirit established by Charlie Bunn’s hard work and dedication to ECCCM having volunteered well over 20,000 hours before his passing. Gordon has helped keep Charlie’s spirit alive at ECCCM, teaching others how to organize and maintain the food pantry, keep the ministry first in your heart, and give all of yourself in service to others. Gordon, who is a long-time volunteer at ECCCM, is one of many whose hands and feet exemplify Christ in our midst. Congratulations Gordon!

Gordon Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Charlie Bunn Service Award

Gordon Johnson is the 2012 recipient of the Charlie Bunn Service Award

Nominations were open for all persons to make, and from the many worthy nominations received, the selection committee chose long-time and faithful volunteer Gordon Johnson as the first recipient. Gordon exemplifies the pre-established criterion that models the ethos, ethic, and volunteer spirit demonstrated by Charlie Bunn. Charlie Bunn’s daughters Diane Urtel and Nancy Gibson made a contribution to ECCCM in honor of Gordon Johnson as a tribute to their father’s spirit.