MARYSVILLE — Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring was proud to honor Greg Kanehen recently as the city's Volunteer of the Month for December for his coordination and leadership of the Chaplain Crisis Support Team, as well as other community involvement.
"It is my pleasure and honor tonight to recognize Greg Kanehen as Volunteer of the Month," Nehring said at the recognition ceremony.
Kanehen is a pastor at the Marysville Free Methodist Church, providing spiritual outreach and development to his community for the past 10 years.
In addition to his pastor duties, Kanehen has served as the chaplain coordinator for the Chaplain Crisis Support Team for the past 10 years. The team is an all-volunteer group of chaplains who work with the Marysville Police Department and the Marysville Fire District.
The group is on-call 24/7, serving the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals in moments of crisis. Nehring explained that people facing family or individual crises, such as death or suicide, are assisted by Kanehen and his volunteer team.
Prior to coming to Marysville, Kanehen had served with the Whatcom County Support Officers in Bellingham for seven years. Along with the Support Officers, he also volunteered with the Washington State Patrol and multiple law enforcement and fire agencies.
Alongside his volunteer work with the Crisis Support Team, Kanehen is a key contributor to Marysville Together, formerly known as the Marysville Community Coalition, which is represented by parents, grandparents, youth, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders, and other civic and volunteer groups.
Marysville Together works to create a healthier community through its volunteer work. With their goals, they coordinate the annual Healthy Communities Challenge Day in June, and work with the city of Marysville, its Parks and Recreation Department, the YMCA and other partners.
Kanehen has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the city's Community Development Block Grant Committee as a representative from the faith community. Last year, that committee awarded $217,914 in grants for programs and services that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents.
Kanehen and his wife Sharon, a kindergarten teacher at Cougar Creek Elementary in the Lakewood School District, have two sons and a daughter.
From delivering the invocations at City Council meetings to providing them at the annual 9/11 Remembrance and National Police Week ceremonies, Kanehen is always finding ways to reach out to his community.