2017 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Award Winners
In recognition of their outstanding service to Delaware, Governor John Carney will honor 13 young people and five groups with the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards during a ceremony May 24 at the Polytech Adult Education Conference Center in Woodside.
“Across the state, I am impressed by the level of commitment our young people have to serving others,” Governor Carney said. “I am proud to honor their energy, spirit and willingness as they help us to build stronger and healthier communities. Without question, they demonstrate that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.”
More than 200 people are expected to join the Governor in honoring the young volunteers for their outstanding service, community impact and inspiration to others. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7 p.m.
“In a world in which technology can sometimes make us feel disconnected, these young people embrace the importance of human connection,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the State Office of Volunteerism. “They understand the value of helping others, because they know it brings us closer together and enhances our collective sense of community. I join the Governor in thanking them for making volunteerism and helping others a priority in their communities.”
The 2017 award recipients participated in such diverse activities as assisting people with disabilities, educating peers, leading nature 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 “The recipients of Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards serve as role models by serving others and inspiring their peers to do something meaningful with their time,” said Georgeanna Windley, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.
The Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor and are coordinated by the State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.