Each year, in parntership with the Utah Commission on Volunteers, the Volunteer Centers of Utah honor one Silver Bowl recipient in each of the 29 Utah counties. The award honors individuals and groups who enrich the lives of others through dedicated volunteer service.
An avid quilter, Senter is a member of the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild and has created hundreds of quilts, which she has donated to the local community, according to a news release from the Grand County Silver Bowl committee.
Most of Senter’s quilts are donated to the Grand County Hospice Program, the pregnancy center, and the Love Bags program for children in crisis, according to the news release. Senter also makes quilts for the Moab Valley Fire Department to give to families who have lost their homes in fires, and she donates a quilt each year for a local charity raffle.
Senter is also an active volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and in her church, according to the news release. Among her other activities, Senter has cut and sewed almost 100 horse heads for stick hobby horses for the children at the Moab Rodeo, arranges the flowers for the Community Church of Moab and makes meals for church members who come home from the hospital and for the “Take in Meals Program,” which provides meals to those in need. She also coordinates and bakes cookies for the Church Cookie Exchange each December for community shut-ins.
“Laura is a wonderful neighbor, she is always happy to help out by watering plants and checking houses for friends who are out of town,” committee members wrote in the letter nominating Senter for the award. “She helps out by fostering newborn kittens and her kitchen always smells of home baked cookies / treats available for any visitors young and old.
“Laura has a big heart and is inspiration to our community. Her quietly behind the scenes loyal hard work, and dedication makes Moab a warmer and better place to live by her efforts in wrapping her loving and caring efforts up in quilts for those in need.”
Senter was also honored for her volunteer achievements during the May 7 meeting of the Grand County Council.