The Come-See-Me Community Service Merit Awards are presented to dedicated volunteers who improve our community through their selfless service and commitment to others. Nominations are submitted by community members each fall and the awardees are determined by a panel of judges. This year, two of the six winners are affiliated with Pathways Community Center, Mr. Bill Perry and Mrs. Courtney Denton.
Courtney Denton, Board Chair of Life House Women's Shelter
The Life House Women’s Shelter has been established and created with the intention of offering safe shelter, a warm meal, fellowship, and a starting point on the continuum of care for homeless women.
"The women at The Life House not only get their basic needs met while they are getting back on their feet while receiving counseling, life skill education, after care planning, and transportation. Courtney has worked to coordinate all of this in the past year-- during a pandemic! Rock Hill needs more people like Courtney more than ever."
Bill Perry, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
"Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program's Rock Hill site for the last 40 years. Over that period, Mr. Bill and his team of other volunteers have prepared federal and state income tax returns for nearly 100,000 area residents, all at no cost to them.
This service has saved our low income, disabled, and elderly citizens millions of dollars in tax preparation fees, and assures that they receive every tax credit and deduction that they are entitled to. The program returns well over a million dollars in refunds to area tax payers each year. Neither Bill nor any other volunteer receives any compensation, and ,in fact, Bill pays for necessary supplies from his own pocket. Bill's commitment extends far beyond what is considered the normal 'Tax Season'."