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From left are SMSS Executive Director Mary Lee Ziebold, Volunteer of the Year receipient Dawn Carlton and SMSS board president Beth Baker.
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From left are Volunteer of the Year receipient Deseret Ward, SMSS Executive Director Mary Lee Ziebold and board president Beth Baker.

Deseret Ward and Dawn Carlton are Signal Mountain Social Services' Volunteers of the Year, an honor both women received at the organization's recent board meeting.

"These women exemplify the true spirit of volunteering," said SMSS Executive Director Mary Lee Ziebold, which she defined as "doing more than you want to, because you have to, for a cause you consider good."

The 2016 recipients have a lot in common, said Ziebold. Both involve their entire families in their volunteer work, and both have husbands with trucks who don't mind helping with projects involving heavy lifting or deliveries, such as the Christmas baskets volunteers pack and deliver to SMSS clients each year.

In addition, the two women both help with the post office food drive and deliver meals and Valentines to seniors, Ziebold added.

Ward began volunteering with the organization's food pantry in 1988, and since then has regularly served as the SMSS representative for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also organizes the packing and delivery of the Christmas baskets.

For the past three years, Ward has served as the organization's publicity chair, and she also keeps its Facebook page up-to-date.

"She always has a smile on her face," Ziebold said.

Carlton began volunteering with SMSS as the representative for Signal Mountain Baptist Church in 2004.

Among her most significant contributions is providing her assistance with the financial oversight of the organization and its fiscal policies, which she has been doing since 2009, said Ziebold.

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