Ex-educator, busy volunteer
Among outstanding volunteers, Janet Kreiner stands out.
Kreiner, a retired educator, has been a fixture at Catholic Worker House dinners, served on both Easter and Christmas, since they began in 2006.
This Easter, Kreiner handed out stuffed animals and sweets to children at the dinner, held in St. Mary's Catholic Church on Vine Street.
Moreover, Kreiner makes available the yard of her Manheim Township home for a garden maintained by Catholic Worker House. The nonprofit group grows vegetables for its weekly soup lunches.
Kreiner's volunteer efforts extend to her home parish, St. Anne's on Duke Street, where she hands out bagged lunches five days a week to about 100 people.
In addition, Kreiner has sponsored four children in need (from age 7 until they turn 18) from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela over the past 30 years.
Kreiner's volunteer efforts began in earnest after she retired in 1992 from Auntie Anne's, training new franchise owners. Prior to that she taught third grade at Manheim Township's Brecht Elementary School for 31 years.
"Those of us who have need to share with those who have not. I truly believe that," she says of volunteering.
For staying true to those words, Janet Kreiner is this week's Lancaster New Era Red Rose Award recipient.
The New Era Rose is presented each week to Lancastrians who accomplish something exceptional on the job, in school or in volunteer activities, or who in other ways represent the best achievements of this community. Nominations may be made by writing to the Editorial Page of the New Era, P.O. Box 1328, Lancaster, Pa. 17608.