Carteret-Craven EC Member Honored for Community Work
Bob Dobler received the top award in the 2020 #WhoPowersYou contestBy Melissa Glenn, CCEC
Sawdust fills the air and covers the floor of Bob Dobler’s small workshop off of his kitchen nearly every day. It is something his wife, Judy, has become accustomed to since his woodworking hobby has turned into a full-time job.
Over the past seven years, his hard work has resulted in donations totaling more than $55,000 — or more than 6,800 backpacks full of food for children that might go hungry over the weekend.
Bob spends up to six hours a day handcrafting cutting boards that he sells at craft fairs and through local vendors, with all of the proceeds benefiting BackPack Friends. Over the past seven years, his hard work has resulted in donations totaling more than $55,000 — or more than 6,800 backpacks full of food for children that might go hungry over the weekend.
Each week, BackPack Friends (backpackfriends.org), based in Swansboro, distributes more than 600 backpacks of food to children in Carteret, Craven and Onslow counties. The need has grown exponentially this year due to COVID-19.
Because of this dedication to BackPack Friends, Bob, a member of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC), is this year’s grand prize winner of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives #WhoPowersYou Contest.
He was honored along with three other #WhoPowersYou contest winners from across the United States. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, using criteria based on nominees’ positive impact on their local communities.
“Bob’s ability to turn a hobby into so many meals for local children is remarkable,” said CCEC Communications Director Lisa Galizia. “We are proud to have Bob as a co-op member and grateful for his dedication to BackPack Friends and the children it serves.”
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives launched #WhoPowersYou in 2016 to celebrate the power of human connections. The annual contest invites co-op members across the country to nominate local heroes making a positive difference in their communities.
Mary Ann LeRay, a member of Jones-Onslow EMC, was the second-place winner in last year’s contest for her work with The Filling Station, a nonprofit food pantry in Pollocksville.
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