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Nominate Local Volunteers for State Award

Representatives of Friends of Silvermont Joe Dapkins, Pinkie Byrd and Kristen Alpert accept the group’s award from the Governor’s Office at the May 2018 Celebration of Volunteers. January 14 is the deadline to submit nominations of individuals and groups for this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

Transylvania County nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award are being accepted through January 14. The local process is coordinated by United Way of Transylvania County’s TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access Information Network).

“The local award process gives us an opportunity to showcase some of the incredibly important volunteer efforts happening every day in Transylvania County. State level recognition allows us to inspire other communities as well,” 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.). 

Transylvania County can select up to ten individuals/businesses/groups/teams, and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized by the Governor’s Office 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. One local nominee will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.

All Transylvania County nominees will be recognized at the local Celebration of Volunteers in the spring of 2019. That event will include information about local volunteer opportunities, to help others find a good fit for their skills and experience.

“It was heart-warming to feel the positive energy generated by the nominees, their nominators, and the appreciative audience last year. The act of nominating other volunteers for an award is a very meaningful gift,” Kirkman added.

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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