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Walker Honors Asheboro’s Vanessa Ornelas as Community Hero of the Month for Volunteer Work at Randolph-Asheboro YMCA

August 8, 2018
Press Release

ASHEBORO, N.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) honored Vanessa Ornelas of Asheboro as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for August 2018. The presentation was held at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA with Executive Director Patrick O’Hara in attendance.

Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
Ornelas is an avid volunteer at the YMCA and a substitute teacher for Asheboro City Schools and the Randolph County School System. At the YMCA, she serves people young and old, being an integral part of the Special Olympics every year, while working with children on a personal level, and creating crafts and activities for seniors to participate in. 

Ornelas is a key part of the YMCA’s Cooperative Outreach Garden, which with her help has donated more than 12,000 pounds of produce to Christians United Outreach Center, Our Daily Bread, Family Crisis Center, as well as YMCA members and guests.

"Vanessa epitomizes the mission of the YMCA, influencing countless lives here in Randolph County," Walker said. "Walking around the YMCA garden and through the halls of facility, you could see the impact Vanessa has on its patrons. Her smile is electrifying and communicable, a quick symbol of the lasting affect she is having on our community."
Ornelas lives in Asheboro with her husband. She has eight children and thirteen grandchildren. Seven of her children have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, with the eighth being married to an active-duty service member.

She was presented with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in her honor.