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Clovernook Center honors volunteers

June 7, 2013 – Cincinnati, OH – Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired recently awarded Nicola Pietoso and Matt Molony for their exceptional volunteerism at an annual appreciation luncheon on May 29, 2013. The luncheon, held at Clovernook Country Club, honored volunteers and board members who donated more than 8,000 hours last year to help achieve Clovernook Center’s mission through volunteer driving, mail reading, personal assistance, proofreading in the braille transcription department, assisting youth who are blind with recreational activities and other important tasks. Nicola Pietoso was honored with the Helen G. Levine award for outstanding volunteer service. Mr. Pietoso has been a volunteer since 2010 and is a weekly driver for consumers who are blind. He also assists youth with visual impairments each summer during the Discovery Youth Summer Camps by cooking a homemade Italian meal and teaching youth about dining etiquette. “Nick Pietoso is humble, reliable, personable, compassionate and willing to go the extra mile. His positive energy and ‘can do’ attitude is contagious. We are fortunate to have him as a volunteer,” said Christine Sevindik, coordinator of volunteer services. Matt Molony was honored with the “Most Donated Hours” award for 319 hours of service at Clovernook Center last year. Matt is a regular volunteer in the braille transcription department, helping to proofread braille materials and increase access to books and magazines for people who are blind all over the world. He has volunteered with Clovernook Center since 2005. “We are honored to have both Mr. Pietoso and Mr. Molony as volunteers,” said Robin Usalis, president/CEO of Clovernook Center. “Their unique backgrounds and talents enable us to provide excellent services to our consumers who are blind and visually impaired. We are thankful for the amount of time they donate to help us achieve our mission.” Nicola Pietoso is the owner of both Nicola’s and Via Vite restaurants. He is originally from Italy and currently lives in Wyoming with his wife. Matt Molony is from Norwood, OH and previously worked for the U.S. Army and a research lab in San Francisco. He is married and lives in Cincinnati.

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