Lakewood Resident Recognized As Volunteer Of The Year By The Young Marines

The Young Marines, a national youth organization, has named Tiffany Schwarzwalder the “Division 5 Adult Volunteer of the Year.” She is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio and the unit and battalion executive officer for the Greater Lake County Young Marines. The unit meets at 8720 Twinbrook Rd., Mentor, Ohio.

Commanded by Bill Sickles, the unit has eight active Young Marines and four registered adult volunteers. The website is:

Each Young Marine unit is led and guided by adult volunteers. There are 2,500 registered adult volunteers with the organization. Annually, one adult volunteer is selected from each of six divisions for “Division Volunteer of the Year.”

The members of the Greater Lake County Young Marines have participated in color guard ceremonies for the Marine Corps League, Veteran's Day, and other community events. The unit helped with the annual community-wide Veteran's breakfast. The unit was asked to assist in the Marine Corps birthday celebration in Downtown Cleveland hosted by the active duty Marines at the Alexander J. Celebrezze Federal Office Building.

In addition, the unit assisted the Marine Corps League with Toys for Tots by helping to sort toys and bag items for the families. The unit hosted our Battalion for a winter encampment that 80 Young Marines attended.

“Tiffany is an extremely dedicated volunteer who truly enjoys seeing her Young Marines grow into responsible citizens,” said Col William P. Davis USMC (Ret), national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “She is event driven and action oriented, and she truly reflects the caliber of volunteer to which we always aspire to lead our Young Marines."

“The core values instilled in our Young Marines: teamwork, leadership, and discipline, are values they will carry throughout their lives not just while they are in the program,” Schwarzwalder said. “The confidence I see develop with the Young Marines is very important. There are so many important skills learned in this program that have a lifetime of benefits.”

For more information about the Greater Lake County Young Marines, call Bill Sickles at 440-413-6707.

About the Young Marines

The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 264 units with 8,500 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

For more information, visit the official website at:

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