2005 Volunteers of the Year

Shannon Perdue-Atwell, Quota International of South Bluefield, WV

Shannon Perdue-Atwell

Quota International of South Bluefield, WV

Shannon Perdue-Atwell is the executive director of Community Connections, Inc., the Family Resource Network of Mercer Count, West Virginia. Shannon has seen the needs of the community first hand and has done a remarkable job of helping agencies in the Mercer County area.

Shannon has written successful grants for Childlaw Services, the Child Advocacy Center, Starting Points Centers, Healthy Families America, Drug Free Mercer County, and Project YES (Youth Enrichment Services). She has helped establish these and continues to help in the funding process. She is on the Board of Directors of several community organizations–Childlaw Services, The Child Advocacy Center, Healthy Families, and Mary’s Cradle, and has received numerous awards. She also participates in the WECAN, (Working to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect) as a mentor. Shannon initiated an “Adult Field Day” for the Child Advocacy Center which raised nearly $20,000, and assisted with an art auction for the support of Childlaw Services.

Shannon is very active in Quota International of South Bluefield, helping to raise funds for Quota projects such as Energy Express (a summer reading and feeding program for at-risk children), Kiddie Fair, and help for the hearing-impaired. Shannon has become the “go to” person in the area when grant writing is necessary.

Shannon is doing all she can for the community she loves, not for any self-promotion. She is making Bluefield and Mercer County better because she is here.

Shannon Perdue-Atwell was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, to Martha and David Perdue on February 17, 1971. She was the second of three children, the caring middle child. After receiving her Master’s degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown, she married Lawrence E. (Eric) Atwell and that same month began her career as the Executive Director of Community Connections, Inc., The Family Resource Network of Mercer County,West Virginia.

Shannon and Eric, already the parents of two children, took on the responsibility of mentoring a needy child and have included that child in many of the family’s outings. The child, and her grandmother she lives with, are becoming part of the family!

Shannon enjoys the outdoors, sports, and church community. She has coached her daughter’s basketball team and participated in her church’s volleyball team. She is also keeping up with tennis, which she hopes to enjoy with her daughter.

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