April is National Volunteer Month, so to celebrate HandsOn Savannah (a service unit of the United Way of the Coastal Empire), celebrates with a tribute to some of the most influential volunteers in the Coastal Empire.
“Volunteering is the foundation of the United Way,” said Gregg Schroeder, United Way president and CEO. “We couldn’t do the work we do without our volunteers. Even our board of directors is comprised of volunteers. ... Everyone involved is doing it from their heart to make this community great!”

Melonie Kinert     Apr 24 2013, 34th Annual
Melonie Kinert ~ "unbelievable"

Melonie Kinert is the embodiment of compassion to the most downtrodden of creatures - feral cats. From 2005 to 2020 she was the drive behind Islands Feral Cat Project that has helped spay, neuter, and vaccinate thousands of abandoned cats in the Savannah area. Over the years, Melonie has helped build stations for feeding and sheltering, helped with fundraisers, and spent countless hours working with policymakers and educating the public about these abandoned and often misunderstood animals.
2013 Animal Advocacy Award winner
Melonie Kinert from IFCP.

Melonie Kinert
Marie 35th     Apr 23 2014, 35th Annual
Marie Rodriguez

Have you seen a feral cat or colony of cats and wondered how it got there? Marie Rodriguez welcomes the opportunity to educate people who do not understand the plight of unwanted cats. She has been steadfast in her serving on the board for the Friends of Oatland Island.
2013 Animal Advocacy Award winner
Marie Rodriguez from IFCP.

M. Rodriguez
Jane 37th     Apr 26 2017, 38th Annual
Jane Mace ~ "Devotion"

Jane Mace is commited to Islands Feral Cat Project and what it stands for. She also goes above and beyond expectations to save some of the most vulnerable populations, making sure that even the most feral cats are well and fed. The 38th Annual Volunteer Awards celebrates the giving spirit of volunteers who make a difference in the lives of others.
2013 Animal Advocacy Award winner
Jane Mace from IFCP.

Jane Mace

~ Other Awards associated with Islands Feral Cat Project ~

Outstanding Volunteer
Georgia's 2014
Outstanding Senior