County Fuel Fund honors man who helped to start program

June 13, 1993

David Ensor of New Windsor was recognized as Volunteer o the Year for the Carroll County Fuel Fund last week at an annual dinner for the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland.

Mr. Ensor helped to establish the fund in 1982. The fund uses donations from the public and funding from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. to help low-income residents pay utility bills.

Since then, Mr. Ensor has served on the Carroll County fund's board of directors. He has also worked as the group's treasurer and has served on several of its committees.

Organization's comments: "He's a real caring person who has found a way to put his feelings into action throughout his whole life," said Sylvia Canon, executive director of Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc.

He was "really instrumental . . . in bringing that resource to Carroll County," she said. "Without that fund, many people would be cold and in the dark."

Volunteers' comments: Mr. Ensor said he helped start the fuel fund, but said, "I certainly didn't do it alone, believe me." Of his work with the fuel fund and other community groups, he said, "I enjoy doing those things."

Mr. Ensor said he was surprised by the award. He said he was leaving the board of directors of Human Services Programs Inc. at the end of this month, and would no longer be liaison between that board and the Carroll County Fuel Fund. The award Tuesday was probably a recognition of the end of this part of his work, he said.

He said it is a good feeling to know his efforts helped some people with part of their fuel bill problems.

"At least they weren't cold all winter," he said.

Volunteer's background: Mr. Ensor, 53, is assistant director for income maintenance for the Carroll County Department of Social Services.

Mr. Ensor has served as board member and treasurer of the board of directors for Human Services Programs of Carroll County. He worked with the Francis Scott Key Athletic Boosters Club for five years and is an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in Westminster.

He and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters.

To nominate someone as Volunteer of the Week, call 751-7900 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 751-7916.

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