Columbia Gas honors local employee with volunteer of the year award

| January 31, 2020

Pictured fourth from left, is Larry Wilkin who was recognized with the Columbia Cares Volunteer of the Year award. In Wilkin’s honor, Columbia Gas is donating $5,000 to the Coshocton County Humane Society.

Providing a loving and safe environment for homeless animals takes a special kind of person. Columbia Gas recognized Damage Prevention Specialist Larry Wilkin with its Columbia Cares Volunteer of the Year award to thank him for his work with the Coshocton County Humane Society.

Wilkin was honored and surprised on Jan. 23, with the award in front of colleagues at an employee meeting. In Larry’s honor, Columbia Gas is donating $5,000 to the Coshocton County Humane Society, whose mission is promoting responsible pet ownership and loving and safe homes for homeless cats and dogs in Coshocton County.

“There hasn’t been a year since I was 16 that I haven’t been volunteering in the community,” Wilkin said. “It’s a way of life for me.”

Larry and his wife, Barb Wilkin, volunteer three to five hours a week at the humane society and also participate in fundraisers and special events to raise money to help with the cost of caring for the animals. In addition to his volunteer hours at the humane society, Larry often volunteers on behalf of Columbia Gas at fire safety days in Newark and Zanesville.

“Larry is a dedicated employee who never hesitates to volunteer in our communities,” said Columbia Gas President Dan Creekmur. “His compassion toward animals and community members is what makes him so deserving of this award.”

In 2019, Larry and many other Columbia Gas employees volunteered more than 3,800 hours for 706 community requested projects throughout the state.

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