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Governor Announces
Delaware’s 2017 Outstanding Volunteers

 


 Twenty-four individuals and groups will be honored with the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award on Oct. 25 at Dover Downs Hotel. The people and organizations engaged in diverse activities including mentoring children, rescuing wildlife, helping seniors and veterans, and protecting the environment.

 “The thousands of volunteers across our state make connections and forge relationships each day that make a difference in the lives of so many people,” Governor John Carney said. “By supporting vulnerable individuals and families, these dedicated volunteers play a critical role in helping us to build stronger communities. With that appreciation in mind, it is my privilege to honor the 24 individuals and groups with the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.”
 
“Serving everyone from at-risk children to our most vulnerable seniors, Delaware’s volunteers demonstrate how their selfless actions help to bring us closer together and enhance our sense of community,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the State Office of Volunteerism. “I thank this year’s honorees for their incredible passion in serving their neighbors.”

“Beautiful stories of compassion and extraordinary service to others emerge as a result of the awards process,” said Georgeanna Windley, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.
 
On Oct. 25, more than 350 people are expected to honor the volunteers for their outstanding service. The event at Dover Downs Hotel will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by visiting www.volunteerdelaware.eventbrite.com
 
The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, as well as the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.
 
The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

Click here to view this year’s recipients