67th Citizen of the Year Winner – Kim Slonaker
The Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year Committee is pleased to announce the 67th Boyertown Citizen of the Year, Kim Slonaker!
Kim Slonaker worked at the Boyertown YMCA for 32 years in a variety of positions, starting out as a part-time program coordinator and eventually working her way up to executive director for her last five years there. During her time as executive director, she coordinated collaboration with the United Way of the Boyertown Area, Boyertown Area Multi-Service, and the Borough of Boyertown securing grants for improvements of the Boyertown Community Pool. She also was the organizer for the Annual Dutch Auction for over 20 years.
Beyond her work, she has always been involved with many local organizations. She was on many committees and volunteered at Saint Columbkill Church. She is a member of the Human Concerns Ministry, an organization that collaborates with community partners (yearly projects include, but not limited to, a coat drive, the Warming Tree to collect warm items for Boyertown Area Multi-Service, The Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn Child program, Christmas in July and the Super Bowl project to collect needed items for Preston’s Pantry, Christmas card signing for residents at several senior care facilities, baby showers for Birthright, Bowling for Babies for Mary’s Shelter, the Love Light program which honors people who are living and deceased on a tree at Christmas, and the Special Connection outreach program for the homebound.)
She is on the board of the Boyertown Community Ambulance Service, and she is currently volunteering as treasurer. In that role, she reviews the finances of the organization weekly, categorizes the income and expenses, and reports back to the board. She also assists in securing grants for future sustainability of the organization.
Kim is a routine blood donor with Miller-Keystone Blood Center and also a canteen volunteer at blood drives. She is also involved with a group of friends, ironically called “Friends Who Serve”. They pick projects in the community to volunteer with, such as soup kitchens, pantry collections etc., finding ways to help when they can.
She enjoys going to Keystone Villa with friends to decorate cupcakes with residents several times a year (she misses this dearly during Covid times).
She was also a friendly face and welcome volunteer with activities her children participated in when they were younger. She volunteered with Boyertown Little League Baseball, the Boyertown Soccer Club, the Boyertown swim team as an official and swim parent volunteer, and also with the Optimist Club of Boyertown when her husband was the coordinator of the Biddy Basketball program.
She currently works part time for Abilities in Motion, working with a special young woman who is diagnosed with autism and down syndrome. She has a great time dancing, exercising, along with many other activities that help them to be active.
Most importantly, she is extremely proud of her family. She has been devotedly married to Todd for 41 years in April. She is a proud mother to Travis and Erin and Nana to Kira and Trey. She is the family organizer, supporter and has always been ready to help wherever needed, whether it is making dinner, helping to fundraise, driving them to appointments, or just talking.