Steve is an active leader and volunteer in our community
Volunteer experience and Awards For most of my adult life, community service has been an important part of how I define myself. Giving back to the community is rewarding, and is something that BJ and I share together.
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance My first significant contribution was in the 1990’s when I volunteered for the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The program teaches its volunteers tax law and income tax return preparation so we could assist others. The culminating event was “Midnight Madness” where we provided assistance up until midnight of April 15.
Angel Flight West In 1998, BJ and I joined Angel Flight West, an organization that covers the western United States. For five years, we flew medical patients and family members to and from their medical appointments, and to some other special events, over the northwestern United States. We donated our time, airplane, and expenses. You can read about one particularly memorable flight here.
About a year after we joined Angel Flight West, BJ and I became the leaders of the Washington State volunteer organization. More on that here.
Media recognition and Awards for volunteerism We received some recognition for our volunteerism. We were featured on KIRO’s Evening Magazine, in a Seattle Times article, and on King 5, Q13, KOMO, and several other media publications. We received the Red Cross of King County Hero Award for the Medical Category, and were Angel Flight West’s Volunteers of the Year.
President of Lion's Club, San Juan Island After moving to San Juan Island, BJ and I joined the San Juan Lions Club. Last year, I received the President’s Award from the club. I have been on the board for a couple of years now, and am now the President of the club. Last year, I chaired the committee that produced the Club’s primary fundraising event, Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew.
Other Volunteering In addition, I have volunteered for Island Rec and have volunteered at Friday Harbor High School coaching mock trial students, speaking to the students on constitutional law, and judging Senior Presentations.