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2014 Governor’s Volunteerism Awards Announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor McAuliffe has announced the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The awards were announced at a special ceremony at the Governor's Mansion April 10, recognizing individuals and organizations for their extraordinary volunteer efforts that make an impact on the lives of citizens throughout the Commonwealth. The awards were presented to groups, individuals and families whose efforts exemplify extraordinary volunteer service.

“Building a better Virginia isn’t just about what elected officials do here in Richmond – it’s about the work that devoted volunteers are doing every day in their own neighborhoods and communities,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Each of these awardees has given of their time to make life better in their corner of the Commonwealth. It is my honor to celebrate these exceptional groups and individuals, who should be an example for all of us of what Virginians can achieve when we work together for the common good.”

Virginia Department of Social Services Commissioner Margaret Schultze continued, “The impact that one person or group can make on an entire community is commendable and should be celebrated. It’s important that we recognize those who have made significant contributions to those in need by volunteering right in their own communities.”

Fran Inge, Director of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Office on Volunteerism and Community Service added, “Each year, the Commonwealth recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving their communities. These individuals and organizations are among the 1.79 million Virginians who made a difference in the lives of others by volunteering last year. Virginians on average contributed more than 221.7 million volunteer hours annually, equaling $5.1 billion of service to the Commonwealth.

The awards ceremony was organized by the Office on Volunteerism and Community Service at the Virginia Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. These organizations are charged by the Governor with saluting Virginians who have significantly contributed to the life and welfare of the Commonwealth and its citizens.

Read profiles of this year's award recipients.

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014