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2021 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Volunteers are vital to DFPS in helping to achieve its mission. Each year thousands of volunteers give countless hours of service to help protect the most vulnerable Texans.

In 2021 the inaugural DFPS Volunteer of the Year awards were given to a volunteer, an intern, and two volunteer groups. We are pleased to announce the award recipients below.

The Biggest Heart Award

Awarded to Caleb Wallace, Wichita Falls, TX

This award recognizes the outstanding service of an individual who has volunteered for DFPS. The 2021 Biggest Heart Award was given to Caleb Wallace, who has gone above and beyond the agency's mission, vision, and value for children, families and vulnerable adults in Texas. Caleb’s open heart shows purpose, passion, and persistence in all that he sets out to do.

The Helping Hands Award

Awarded to VFW Post #8782, El Paso, TX and Silver Ribbon Community Partners Board, McAllen, TX

This award recognizes the outstanding service of a community group that has given so much to DFPS. The 2021 Helping Hands Award was awarded to two community groups, VFW Post #8782 and the Silver Ribbon Community Partners Board, whose contributions are vital to the mission of DFPS and the quality of life of the families we serve. VFW Post #8782 and Silver Ribbon Community Partners Board show dedication in their time and talents to better the lives of others in their community.

The World Changer Award

Awarded to A.J. Garza, San Angelo, TX

This award recognizes the outstanding service of an intern that has volunteered for DFPS within the last year. The 2021 World Changer Award is given to A.J. Garza who has demonstrated professionalism and initiative and is a noted team player. A.J. was instrumental in impacting the lives of children, families, and vulnerable adults. A.J. demonstrated integrity working alongside staff and his internship will have an everlasting effect to his fellow Texans.

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