CARE: Credit Abuse Resistance Education

Announcing the 2019 CARE Volunteer Awards

During the 3rd Annual CARE Holiday Reception, our team presented the annual CARE Volunteer Awards on December 5th, 2019 in Palo Ranchos Verdes, CA. The three awards are nominated by volunteers and highlight the hard work and successes by our volunteers across the country. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to every single CARE volunteer for a successful 2019!


CARE Rising Star: Chris Muniz (CARE Indianapolis)

The 2019 Rising Star award was presented to Chris Muniz (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern Dist. of Indiana). Muniz moved from Chicago, IL to Indianapolis, IN for a new job and decided to continue his CARE volunteerism by starting a chapter in his new home. In the first year of existence, he helped the CARE Indianapolis Chapter organize crucial partnerships with local professional organizations, identify and train a core group of volunteers and present to approximately 500 students in his local area.

We are so excited to see what Chris and the Indianapolis team do in 2020.


CARE Chapter of the Year: Los Angeles

The 2019 Chapter of the Year was awarded to the CARE Los Angeles chapter. This group of volunteers has undergone a resurgence in recent years and pioneered new systems to ensure educational excellence in the classrooms where they present. CARE L.A. volunteer leaders have mentored newer chapters and developed tools and processes to be shared nationally for other volunteers to use. In the classroom, the volunteers in Los Angeles have reached thousands of students in 2019. One of their notable highlights came last November; the group presented to an entire high school’s upper class in back-to-back auditorium style presentations that reached 1,500 students in a single day.


CARE Volunteer of the Year: Hon. Michelle Harner (CARE Maryland)

Hon. Michelle Harner (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Dist. of M.D.) from the CARE Maryland chapter is the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Judge Harner founded the CARE Maryland Chapter in January 2019 and quickly established one of the organization’s most successful volunteer groups. In addition to identifying, training and coordinating a core team of volunteer leaders, Judge Harner has made her presence known in the Maryland schools: presenting 11 times in 2019. The model and early successes of CARE Maryland are already being replicated in other CARE Chapters looking to find their start.

Congratulations to the 2019 CARE Volunteer Awards Recipients!

Congratulations to the CARE volunteer award winners for their recognitions and thank you to every CARE volunteer. If you would like to volunteer for CARE in 2020, visit to find your nearest CARE Chapter.

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