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Nominate Local Volunteers for Governor's Award!

Don Ziegler, one of last year’s nominees, stands in the center of his nominators and fellow volunteers at the May 2018 Celebration of Volunteers. January 14 is the deadline to submit nominations of individuals and groups for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

TRAIN to Coordinate Local Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. Transylvania County nominations are being coordinated by United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access Information Network).

The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

“These awards generated a lot of excitement in our community last year. All of our county’s nominees were recognized by the Governor’s office last year, one with a medallion award,” explained Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist.

Any person, group, or entity from the public, non-profit and private sector may be nominated for the Governor’s Award. 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.). 

“This process gives us a forum to share the phenomenal volunteer efforts happening every day in Transylvania County. It was very meaningful to see the warmth, recognition and appreciation expressed by all at last year’s celebration of volunteers,” Kirkman added.

Transylvania County can select up to ten individuals/businesses/groups/teams, and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. In the event of more than 10 local applications, a local committee will select the 10 to proceed to the state level.

All Transylvania County nominees will be recognized at the TRAIN Celebration of Volunteers in the spring of 2019. One of the local nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.

Nomination forms and tips for successful nominations are available for download on the website at and on the NC Volunteer Awards page at

Completed applications must be submitted to by noon on Monday, January 14, 2019. Questions should be directed to Colin Kirkman at 883-8822 or the email above.

About United Way

Campaign contributions support 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 prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) contributions also fund approximately $300,000 annually in grants to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. UWTC funds actions providing early childhood education resources, after-school and summer youth programs, health services, financial education and counseling, youth conflict resolution training, parenting education and resources, and programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect.

UWTC empowers people to improve their lives.  Specific goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

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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