Governor's Volunteer Service Award

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Governors Awards for Volunteer Service Recipients


Four individuals and two groups were presented with the 2018 Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service at the June 18, 2018 meeting of the Dare County Commissioners. Accepting the awards were (front row, from left) Emily Gould, for volunteer service to the Dare County Friends of Youth mentoring program; Sue Kelly, for volunteer service to Guardian ad Litem of Dare County; Gail Leonard, Lifetime Achivement Award; Mary Pendill, for volunteer service to the Dare County Center; Pastor Tiffany Wescott of Coastal Family Church for volunteer service to the Dare County Center; Sarah Canizales, Coastal Family Church; (second row, from left) Tara Thomas of the Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run for volunteer service to the Dare County Center; Teri Grubbs, Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run; McKenzie Hill, Coastal Family Church; Pastor Stephen Wescott, Coastal Family Church; Lynda Hester, Coastal Family Church (Back row, from left) Terry Gray, Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run; James Crowder, Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run; Diane Wilson, Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run; Chris DeCou, Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run; and Anita Hess, Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run.  

About the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards:

Serving additional people with fewer and fewer resources is something most nonprofits do every day. Without volunteers, many of these organizations would not be able to provide important services. Volunteers are some of our community’s greatest assets, working every day to better fulfill the challenge of our missions. The greatest volunteers bring renewed energy, different and better ideas for getting the work done, and leverage new resources and contacts on behalf of the organizations they serve. While many organizations acknowledge these unique and talented individuals in their own way, recognizing the best of the best and sharing their stories on a bigger stage inspires others to service and helps to recruit even more volunteers to the cause.

What is the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award?

North Carolinians have always shown their concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in local communities across the state. This proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by the Office of the Governor in 1979 through the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. This award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, businesses and a paid director of volunteers that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

What is the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service? 

In 2006, the NC Commission implemented the Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. This award recognizes the "top 20" volunteers in the state. Medallion recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state.Medallion Award recipients are honored at an annual recognition ceremony, where they receive a medallion signifying their accomplishments and service to the community.

Who can be nominated for this award?

Any person, group, or business from the public, non-profit or private sector serving Dare County may be nominated for the award. If you know of someone or a group of people who have given substantial amounts of their time and talent to help others in the community, nominate them using the nomination form. Nominees can be nominated for more than one category and nominators are encouraged to check all categories that apply to their nominees. However, please nominate only one individual and/or one company/group/team/family.

How do I nominate a volunteer?

The nomination process for the 2019 Governor's Volunteer Service Award will begin fall 2018.  This webpage will be updated with information when the nomination process begins.