Molina Medicaid Solutions of Idaho honored the volunteerism and service of Boise volunteers Ashley Bernard and Shane Anderson at its third annual Community Champions Awards ceremony in Meridian.
"The awareness and education to the dangers of meth use that they provide to the community is truly amazing," said Sandy Dunbar, executive account director of Molina Medicaid Solutions in Idaho. "The time and dedication these two have given to the Idaho Meth Project is admirable and has made a difference in the lives of many."
Bernard is a regular volunteer at the Idaho Meth Project, an organization dedicated to reducing methamphetamine use in the state. Since April 2012, she has logged over 100 volunteer hours at over 20 community events. She works a full-time job and has two kids, but still manages to volunteer countless hours not only at the Idaho Meth Project but other local nonprofits as well.
Anderson has been a regular volunteer at the Idaho Meth Project since 2011, logging over 80 volunteer hours to lead 34 school presentations in Idaho. As someone who has personal experience with meth use, Anderson uses his story to deter teens from trying the drug. After losing his son in 2012 due to drug additction, he was able to turn his difficult experience into a positive one by talking to kids about his son and emphasizing how devastating substance abuse can be. In 2011, he won the organization's Road Warrior award for most miles traveled to schools across Idaho.