So when Anne learned about the President's Volunteer Service Award, Anne applied for K-FIT to become a certifying organization.
This way, Anne said she could submit Torres’ volunteer hours – for Rock Steady Boxing and also for her independent project of sewing and donating hundreds of facemasks.
Certifying organizations decide which award package correlates with the volunteer they wish to honor, according to the President’s Volunteer Service Award website. Anne realized Torres qualified for the gold award, since Torres had volunteered more than 500 hours in the last year.
Torres was presented with a medal, certificate and letter from the White House honoring Torres for her service, Anne said.
She also received a gift certificate so she could enjoy a celebratory dinner with her family, Anne added.
“We surprised her last Thursday and her whole family was there,” Anne said.
Torres said she learned about the Rock Steady Boxing program after a neighbor introduced her to boxing for fitness at K-FIT three years ago.
But when the pandemic began and the gym was closed for three months, Torres used the material she had bought to teach herself quilting and began making facemasks.
“I’d rather keep people alive than make a quilt,” Torres said.