Volunteer West Virginia is honored to host the 2018 Governor's Service Awards on Thursday, September 6th, 2018.
This year 11 recipients are to receive West Virginia’s most prestigious volunteer award, the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards honor individuals and organizations who roll up their sleeves to solve community problems in innovative ways.
The event will honor and recognize some of West Virginia's most outstanding volunteers. Meet them below!
, of Wellsburg, created a free cheer clinic to empower young girls in her community. A role model in Wellsburg, over the past year Kiara has spent countless hours volunteering her time to teach area youth gymnastics who couldn’t afford to attend tumbling classes. See Kiara's story here
, a superstar in Elkins, developed the Make It Shine Program to attract tourists to Elkins and to encourage residents to take pride in their community. Over the past year, Melodee has led volunteers in the program to organize trash pick-ups, river clean ups, landscaping projects, and helped local businesses spruce up their storefronts, dumpsters, and much more. See Melodee's story here
, of Parkersburg, works day and night to take care of community cats in Wood County. Kandi started the Save A Kitty Feral Cat Program, a volunteer led team, which provides free spay/neuter and vaccines to community cats. This year alone the program is expected to treat over 1,000 cats in the community. See Kandi's story here
Jo Ann Harmon
, of Lahmansville, couldn’t be more active in her county and state. She encourages others in her community to join and volunteer in the multiple groups she shares her time with, including the Community Educational Outreach Service, which sponsors multiple community events, and 4-H, where she serves as the president of the Grant County 4-H All-Stars, and as a leader of the Step Ahead 4-H club, and much more. See Jo Ann's story here
, of Hillsboro, has such a deep connection to Watoga State Park that he sold his home and moved to the area after his first visit. A labor of love, he clears nearly 40 miles of trails every two weeks during his morning runs. Kenneth shares his love and knowledge of the forest through workshops, and the Watoga Foundation’s Blog and Facebook posts. See Ken's story here
As a family of thirteen the Ash Family
has made their presence known in Clarksburg and at the William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital. This year they helped create the Blessing Buckets Program to raise mental health awareness, played a crucial role in restoring the hospital’s historic cemeteries, helped to support literacy efforts, and coordinated activities for nursing homes throughout the state. See the Ash Family's story here
, of Berkeley Springs, has brought the game of tennis to Morgan County through selfless leadership, an uncountable number of hours, and dedication to see success for every child she meets. Paula’s unwavering drive to have tennis thrive in her community has yielded afterschool programs, summer camps, spring and fall clinics, college scholarships, grants, and the creation of a varsity tennis program. See Coach Paula's story here
The Tri-State Literacy Council
offers free tutoring for adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math, or life skills in Cabell County and the surrounding areas. This year, 68 volunteer tutors served 76 adult learners. Thanks to the help of volunteer tutors, every adult learner in the program reached one of their stated goals – including receiving their high school equivalency. See the Tri-State Literacy Council's story here
Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley
supports the independent living of seniors throughout Kanawha and Putnam County. Volunteers make friendly phone calls and visits, provide transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store, and help with household chores and tasks. In 2018, over 200 volunteers helped 500 seniors remain independent in their community. See Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley's story here
Elkins Depot Welcome Center
volunteers play a vital role in the community, welcoming over 44,000 visitors each year. The welcome center’s 20 volunteers go above and beyond to provide personalized and professional attention, which boosts the local economy by guiding visitors to area attractions and businesses. In 2018, the Elkins Depot Welcome Center received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, for the third year in a row. See the Elkins Depot Welcome Center's story here
The Rotary Clubs of Martinsburg and Shepherdstown
are determined to address human trafficking in their community. Over the past year, Rotarians developed a community awareness campaign that included billboards and anti-human trafficking training, which resulted in 92 women’s shelter counselors receiving certification. Rotarians also led the charge to require changes in legislature to require all public restrooms to post the toll-free hotline to report human trafficking. See the Rotary Clubs of Martinsburg and Shepherdstown's story here
West Virginia Leadership Awards
Additionally this year Volunteer West Virginia is recognizing one individual and two organizations who have displayed tremendous leadership and accomplishment. Their actions have saved lives, rallied volunteers, and provided a safe a haven for West Virginia’s youth.