SCN program participant named volunteer of the year

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 25, 2022

David White, the recipient of the Ron Filkins Standard Communications 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award, builds a cement block home for a family of nine in Belize with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 2013.

David White said he stays busy working with Feeding America programs, Knights of Columbus, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, and relief responses.

“He is a giving person and doesn’t take anything from anybody,” said Kerry Monin, who nominated White for the Ron Filkins Standard Communications 2022 Volunteer of the Year Award. “I think he’s well-deserving of it.”

White said he began his volunteer work in 2012 but started focusing more on it after retiring in 2015 from Frito-Lay following 37 years of service.

The Springfield native got his start with Sisters of Charity of Nazareth when they were looking for people to help with the tornado relief in Henryville, Indiana.

“I volunteered to go to Henryville and help clear debris around the area that was affected,” White said. “And (I) have been involved ever since.”

A year later, White found himself in Belize, working with his wife, Janice, who works for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth office of mission advancement, building a cement-block home for a family of nine.

White said he has traveled everywhere help was needed with the Sisters’ work, including West Virginia, New Orleans, Mississippi, and Houston.

“I just enjoy helping,” he said.

Upcoming projects White is working on include moving a home for Habitat for Humanity and building another home in Springfield.

With so much time spent helping others, he said he often forgets to step back and take personal time, so recently he said he has gotten back into golfing once a week.

“You can get overwhelmed with it,” he said about volunteering all the time. “It’s just very exciting to do something for somebody and not get paid for it.”


  1. Kitty W.

    David, thanks for all you do to help others. It’s been my joy to serve w/ you. you are the BEST!

  2. Sr. Mary Anne Burkardt

    Cpongratulatioins David…a well-deserved award and really appreciate you ( and Janice!!) being part of our SCN Family! Gratefully, your SCN ‘sister’

  3. Liz Wendeln

    Congratulations! Thanks for carrying a heart of charity wherever you go!

  4. Michelle

    Congratulations David! Well done good and faithful servant!

  5. Janet Ballard

    Well deserved David. You are a great team member , leader, and compassionate worker. Blessings sent to you from me.

  6. Patsy O'Toole

    Congratulations, David! A well-deserved award – thank you for all that you do to make our world better!

  7. Linda Lander

    David White’s dedication to helping others is exemplary. He is a very worthy recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award.

    I have worked with David on many SCN Disaster Relief Team ventures, including Henryville. As volunteers, we all appreciate David’s work ethic, skills, compassion for helping others, and his positive and cooperative nature.

    He is a joy to have on a team, especially when working under challenging conditions. No task is too difficult for David and no small task is outside his willingness to help. As seen by his record of volunteerism, David will go anywhere and do any task to help others in need.

    Congratulations to David on this well-deserved award.

    • Sister Luke

      A well deserved award David. I know we can always count on you when Disasters come. You have been so faithful in responding whenever needed whether it be with our Disaster Relief Ministry or our Volunteer Ministry.
      You are awesome! Thank you !!
      Sr. Luke


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