October 6, 2022 –
Congratulations to Darin Loruss, Hartland Living’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year! Other nominees included Brent Leestma, Jennifer McCracken, Katie Schlueter, Karen Vermillion, and Scott VanEpps. The winner was announced at the State of the Community Address at Emagine Hartland on Monday, October 3.
Darin Loruss has been involved in the Hartland Archery program for the past 12 years and is currently the elementary coach. According to his nominator, Michelle Pollock, Loruss goes above and beyond with the archery team getting to know each child on the team and emphasizes their strengths and teaches them how to improve in the sport. Pollock also said, “Archery is a time consuming sport with several practices a week, several weekend tournaments a month, the State competition and Nationals. Coach Darin donates so much of his own time and makes such an impact on these kid’s lives.”
“Volunteering and investing in your community is showing you care by giving of yourself and your time,” said Loruss. “I would encourage everyone to volunteer and realize it’s more about the journey than the task at hand. By making the most of your time investing in others we are working together to make Hartland a place where we all care about each other. Secondly, I would say when you volunteer and give of yourself you receive back much more from the kids then you give to them. By doing this we are all making Hartland a better community.”
The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is an initiative of Hartland’s Partners in Progress, a joint venture between Hartland Consolidated Schools, Cromaine District Library, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartland Township.