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Local Volunteers Awarded by Governor

Transylvania County recipients of the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award 2019 hold their certificates. Pictured are (l-r) Paul Hoffman, Tricia Poche, Cathie Hargreaves, Bryan O’Neill for the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program, Maureen Sieber, and Allen Haas.

UWTC Board Member Maureen Sieber receives her North Carolina Governor's Volunteer Service Award from retired UWTC CEO Steve Pulliam, who nominated Sieber for the honor.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award 2019 certificates were presented to five individuals and one group at the Transylvania County Library’s Rogow Room on Tuesday, April 30. The ceremony was part of the annual ‘Celebration of Volunteers’ coordinated by the Transylvania County Library and United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN.

This year, Allen Haas, Cathie Hargreaves, Paul Hoffman, Tricia Poche, Maureen Sieber, and Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program were selected by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for their valuable volunteer services to the community.

All award-winners were nominated by fellow Transylvania County residents. Their nominations were put before a state panel, and six were selected for the Governor’s Award. The state-wide program is offered annually, with the nomination process beginning in the fall of each year.

“This awards process gets more exciting every year. It’s such a pleasure to witness members of our community making the time to recognize and thank each other for their efforts,” said Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way of Transylvania County.

“The celebration of volunteers is a wonderful combination of several elements. The volunteer fair introduces people to new opportunities, nonprofit agencies can use the event to honor their existing volunteers, and we’re all introduced to this year’s local Governor’s Volunteer Service Award winners,” Kirkman explained.

“Transylvania County Library is so appreciative of our event partner, United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN, and to the other supporters who make this possible: Brevard Police Department, Friends of the Library, Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and participating nonprofit agencies,” stated Kelly McBride, Community Engagement Specialist for Transylvania County Library. 


United Way of Transylvania County’s Transylvania Resource Access Information Network (TRAIN) offers support services to local health and human service NonProfit agencies. TRAIN services include educational workshops, monthly round table meetings, monthly eNewsletters, meeting space, and data systems. TRAIN also oversees and is the local liaison for 2-1-1, a free, live information and referral service.

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 NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, FamilyWize 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, 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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