You are here

Boerner 1 of State's 20 Top Volunteers













(L-R) Diane Livingston, Jamie Brandenburg, Barbara Boerner, and Steve Pulliam celebrate the announcement of Boerner’s selection as a recipient of the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service. Livingston, Brandenburg and Pulliam collaborated to complete Boerner’s nomination.

The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service has presented the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to three recipients from Transylvania County. Award recipients are The Friends of Silvermont, Don Ziegler and Barbara Boerner.

Volunteer Service awardees receive a certificate from the governor and a commemorative award pin. Awardees will also be recognized during the local Celebration of Volunteers on Monday, May 14, happening from 4 until 7 p.m., in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Library. The recognition program will take place at 5:30 pm during the event. 

Additionally, Boerner was selected as one of the state’s top 20 outstanding volunteers, for her dedicated service to the community through United Way of Transylvania County, Transylvania Vocational Services, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

Boerner will travel to the governor’s office to participate in the Governor’s Medallion Award ceremony in Raleigh on May 7.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The award was created in the Office of the Governor in 1979.

The Governor's Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Any person, group, or entity from the public, non-profit and private sector may be nominated for an award.

The Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service was implemented in 2006 to recognize the top 20-25 volunteers in the state. A statewide panel reviews and evaluates all nominations to determine the award recipients. Medallion Award recipients are honored at an annual recognition ceremony in Raleigh. The medallion is placed around the neck to signify the volunteer's great service to the community.

County Award Nominations

Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist at United Way of Transylvania County, served as the local coordinator for this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Awards nomination process. TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access Information Network) also manages , the volunteer opportunity website for non-profit entities located in Transylvania County.

County award coordinators submit the top 10 volunteer nominations per county. There are categories for the type of nominee (senior, youth, faith-based, family, group, business, etc.). Additional categories are based upon the area of service (animal, environmental, disaster, youth, preservation, etc.). County recommendations are reviewed by the , and awards are given out in the counties. To learn more, go to

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!