Falmouth, ME (PressExposure) August 12, 2011 -- Running a community food pantry, as Jean Lamson does for the Cumberland Congregational Church, is certainly not a thankless task. The 'thank you's' are plentiful from the families in need that the pantry helps. Yet that's the only compensation Lamson receives for working 20 hours or more a month at the pantry. That generosity and selflessness did, however, earn her the distinction of being selected for Haley's Tire & Service Center's "Tireless Neighbor" award.
Each month, Haley's Tire & Service Center recognizes somebody in the four communities they serve-Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford and Falmouth-for going above and beyond the call of duty for the communities in which they live. Candidates are nominated by fellow citizens, who submit a short description as to why a particular nominee should be that month's Tireless Neighbor. The entry that makes the most compelling case, as determined by Haley's Tire staff, receives the Tireless Neighbor honor, which includes a free oil change (a $29.95 value) at any Haley's Tire location.
"We're delighted to honor Jean as the first recipient of our Tireless Neighbor award," said Tim Haley, owner of Haley's Tire. "This is a tough economy for many people and food pantries like the one Jean runs can literally be the difference between feeding your family or not. Jean's selfless contribution of her time makes her an extremely worthy winner."
A Cumberland resident, Lamson has worked at the food pantry since 2005. Congregational Church Senior Minister Diane Bennekamper nominated her for the Tireless Neighbor contest.
"I'm deeply moved by Diane's gesture in nominating me for this award," said Lamson, a retired United Airlines worker who settled in Cumberland with her husband Allan in 2000. "The pantry operates strictly by donations, so keeping it going is not always easy. But we are helping families in the area and I find that to be quite fulfilling."
Haley's Tire honors a Tireless Neighbor once a month in the four communities it serves. People can nominate a Tireless Neighbor by sending an e-mail of 200 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please remember to include your name and telephone number as well as the name and telephone number or e-mail of the person they are nominating. Written nominations can be dropped off or mailed to any Haley's Tire & Service Center. The locations and mailing address of the four Haley's Tire & Service Center are below:
Haley's Tire & Service Center Augusta - 300 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330
Haley's Tire & Service Center Bangor - 47 Bangor Mall Blvd, Bangor, ME 04401
Haley's Tire & Service Center Biddeford - 124 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04001
Haley's Tire & Service Center Falmouth - Route 1 Falmouth Shop Center, Falmouth, ME 04105
In addition to being an authorized Goodyear, Dunlop and Kelly Tires dealer, Haley's Tire is a full-service repair shop. Besides making sure your tires have enough tread on them, Haley's offers a host of tune-up and maintenance services-- oil changes, alignments, brakes service (including free brake inspections), transmission maintenance-that can help motorists avoid the summer bummer, otherwise known as a breakdown while on a summer driving vacation.
For more information about Haley's Tire, including store locations and directions, please visit [http://www.haleystire.com] .
For more information on Haley's Tire, including store hours, locations and directions, please visit [http://www.haleystire.com] or call 207-781-3136.