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Boerner Receives Medallion in Raleigh

(L-R) Barbara Boerner receives her Medallion Award from North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper.


Recipients of the Governor’s Medallion for Volunteer Service display their medallions in the state capitol. Brevard resident Barbara Boerner is on the left of the photo.

Brevard resident Barbara Boerner received the 2018 Governor’s Medallion Award for Senior Volunteer Service Monday, May 7, at the state capitol in Raleigh. North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper made the presentation.

The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented 18 volunteer medallions and one medallion for a paid director of volunteers during the ceremony.

Representatives of United Way of Transylvania County, Transylvania Vocational Services, and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church nominated Boerner for her long-time service to the community through those agencies.

When asked to offer comments on receiving her award, Boerner deflected the focus to the service of others.

“It was very impressive to talk with other recipients and hear the variety and scope of good works which they do in their communities. I was particularly impressed that there were three recipients of high school age,” Boerner said.

About the Medallion

The Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service was implemented in 2006 to recognize the top volunteers in the state. A statewide panel reviews and evaluates all nominations to determine the medallion award recipients. 

Award categories include animal services, extraordinary community service, business entity, disaster services, environmental services, team/group entity, health and human services, North Carolina preservation services, perseverance in volunteerism, senior volunteer, youth volunteer, youth education services, youth mentoring services, lifetime achievement, and paid director of volunteers.

About Nominations

County recommendations are reviewed by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. To learn more, go to

Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist at United Way of Transylvania County, served as the local liaison 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.

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.). 

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.

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.

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 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

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