In addition to the nearly 650 dedicated employees that serve the City of League City, there are many others who volunteer their time with a City program as a way to engage and make a difference in our community. Many of these volunteers go above and beyond within their roles, dedicating their time and talents to improve the programs that serve our residents. Each year, the City of League City recognizes these individuals with special awards.
Jennifer Cook- Art Hewitt Volunteer Spirit Award
Jennifer Cook, a member of League City’s Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program, was awarded the Art Hewitt Volunteer Spirit Award for her significant contributions and service to the League City Police Department. This award is named after longtime League City resident Art Hewitt, who dedicated 60 years of his life to the League City community by serving as a volunteer firefighter. Through her role with the VIP program, Jennifer trains new volunteers within the organization, serves as the president of the League City Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association, and coordinates various police employee appreciation events. Despite being a single mother of two and working two jobs, she’s been a dedicated volunteer with the City since 2004 and logs over 200 hours per year. Her leadership and passion for volunteering continues to inspire her peers and members of the department.
Rena Olsen- Steve Jones Inspiration Award
Rena Olsen is the recipient of the Steve Jones Award. This award honors the memory of Steve Jones, a longtime page at the Helen Hall Library whose selfless and charismatic personality uplifted everyone he met. Rena carries Steve’s legacy through her work with the League City Senior Foundation, where she has served as president for four years. She has been instrumental in the success and support of many senior programs at Hometown Heroes Park like the Wellness Walk, an event designed to increase awareness of the needs of senior citizens. Rena also takes the lead in planning the annual Senior Health Fair, which provides healthy, educational information to residents of all ages. Aside from her active role with the senior community, Rena is mostly known for her bubbly personality and passion for living a healthy lifestyle. She teaches Zumba classes every week at Hometown Heroes Park.
Kathie Nenninger- Lighthouse Leadership Award
Kathie Nenninger is this year’s recipient of the Lighthouse Leadership Award, which is given to a member of a City board or committee whose efforts have guided council and staff to make informed decisions that better the community. Kathie has been part of the City’s Library Board of Trustees for over eight years and currently serves as the Vice Chair. She has shown guidance, wisdom, and encouragement to help staff to make informed decisions that improve library services and better the community. Through her role, Kathie helps bring new ideas to the board and has contributed to the library by helping to implement more programs and initiatives for the public. Kathie has a passion for literacy and can almost always be found at one of Helen Hall Library’s events.
The City of League City has multiple opportunities for residents looking to volunteer or become involved in their community. Visit our website for ways to get involved.