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Walk & Knock presents fourth annual volunteer award

The Columbian
Published: June 1, 2024, 5:35am

VANCOUVER — Walk & Knock has presented longtime volunteer Kay Hust with its fourth annual Bud Pasmore Volunteer Achievement Award.

The honor, named for the food drive’s founder and first president, is presented annually to a Walk & Knock volunteer who has given their time, energy and heart to the annual Clark County event.

“Hust has been a loyal, go-to person for Walk & Knock over the years,” said Past President Tom Knappenberger. “Whatever needs doing, Hust raises her hand and gets the job done.”

When asked about her history with Walk & Knock, Hust replied: “I started showing up at Fire District 6 and boxing up food around 2010. I continued doing that until someone said they needed help emptying barrels — so I helped out in the Salmon Creek area emptying barrels. Then someone said ‘Hey, could you attend our next Walk & Knock meeting? We need a secretary.’ So, I did that, and the rest is history.”

Knappenberger said that Hust is one of those dependable, do-what’s-needed people that form the backbone of any volunteer organization.

“Hust is a great community member who quietly gets things done. You can always count on her,” Knappenberger said. “I wish we had more like her.”