“The whole history of this part of Maryland is built on people helping people, and that really was the spirit of William Donald Schafer and [Hahn].”
– Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot presented an inaugural William Donald Schaefer Helping People award Monday afternoon to the Rev. Robert Hahn of End Hunger in Calvert County.
The award was presented in recognition of Hahn’s steadfast devotion to helping the those in need in the community and his unparalleled commitment to creating permanent solutions to help move individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency, Franchot said.
Franchot said what really made Schaefer “tick was individual acts of kindness to small people, ordinary Marylanders, who needed help.” Franchot said helping people was what Schaefer really cared about, so he decided to create the award in Schaefer’s honor. Nominations for the award were accepted and judged by a panel of Schaefer’s “closest allies;” they selected who would receive the awards.
“I can’t think of a better recipient than [Hahn for] the work that [he does],” Franchot said. “The whole history of this part of Maryland is built on people helping people, and that really was the spirit of William Donald Schafer and [Hahn].”
Hahn said he was accepting the award on behalf of the partners, food pantries, churches and businesses that help support End Hunger.