2016 Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards
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2016 Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Award Winners
Governor Jack Markell will present the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards to eight individuals and seven groups of young people on May 19 at Polytech Adult Education Conference Center in Woodside.
Gov. Markell and his wife, Carla, have been champions for volunteerism and service, creating and participating in the annual Delaware Week of Service every year since 2009. Since 2010, the number of Delawareans who volunteer has increased 30 percent, with the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) reporting more than 192,000 Delawareans volunteering in 2014, contributing 21.4 million hours of service to nonprofit and community organizations. CNCS found that about one in four young people in Delaware volunteer.
“Across the state, I am impressed by the level of commitment our young people have to volunteerism and to serving vulnerable populations,” Gov. Markell said. “Every day, they demonstrate that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. For Carla and me, drawing attention to volunteerism in Delaware and celebrating it has been one of our greatest honors.”
The 2016 award recipients participated in such diverse activities as assisting people with disabilities, educating peers, leading nature and agriculture programs, supporting a fire company, coordinating blood drives and organizing fundraisers. They are representative of Delaware’s young people who are making a positive contribution to society, and inspiring others to do the same.
“Our young people demonstrate that by helping others, especially those in vulnerable populations, it brings us all closer together and enhances our collective sense of community,” said Rita Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the State Office of Volunteerism. “From one generation to the next, that level of compassion and commitment shows how we are building a stronger and healthier Delaware.”
The awards honor the volunteer efforts of young Delawareans in the areas of arts and culture, community service, education, environment, health, human needs, public service and social justice/advocacy.
Email us at: dhss_VolunteerDelaware@state.de.us