County recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award display their certificates: (l-r) Paul Hoffman, Tricia Poche, Cathie Hargreaves, Bryan O’Neill for the Connestee Falls Student Scholarship Program, Maureen Sieber, and Allen Haas. Nominations for the 2020 Award are due by noon on Friday, January 17.
TRAIN to Coordinate Local Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. Transylvania County nominations are being coordinated by United Way’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.
“Volunteerism is one of Transylvania County’s greatest strengths. For the last three years, it has been inspiring to see the breadth of interest in the nominations that are submitted. We know that people don’t volunteer to receive acknowledgement, but each year we’ve seen what a touching surprise this is to people receiving the award,” said 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. Eligible categories of nominees include youth, seniors, families, individuals with disabilities, businesses, and faith-based groups. Nominators can also choose to specify additional categories of service (animal, environmental, disaster, youth, preservation, etc.). Self-nominations are not permitted.
“We would love to see nominations of some under-represented populations such as youth volunteers, businesses, or individuals who give their time and skills to multiple organizations. There are so many possible nominees, from the folks who keep our community centers active, to nonprofit board members, to work groups who have been maintaining forest trails for years,” added Kirkman.
Transylvania County can submit 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. 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.
Because award determinations are made by a statewide committee, it takes time and focus to write a compelling nomination. Nominators have to gather information that paints a picture of the impact of the individual or group’s work. Technical help and feedback are available from the local coordinator.
Kirkman offers a gentle challenge to the community, “Simply put, this is a wonderful way to give back to someone you admire. With a heightened focus on appreciation and gratitude as we approach the holidays, who might you nominate this year?”
Transylvania County nominees will be recognized at the Celebration of Volunteers on April 28, 2020. Co-sponsored by TRAIN and the Transylvania Public Library, this event offer opportunities to connect with local organizations seeking volunteers while recognizing the contributions of current volunteers.
Nomination forms and tips for successful nominations are available for download on the VolunteerTransylvania website at http://www.volunteertransylvania.org/ and on the State of NC website at https://www.nc.gov/agencies/volunteer/volunteer-awards.
Completed applications must be submitted to UnitedWayTRAIN@comporium.net by noon on Friday, January 17, 2020. Questions should be directed to Colin Kirkman at 883-8822 or the email above.
About United Way
United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) brings people together. UWTC leverages partnerships and donor investments to help each individual person and the community as a whole to grow and thrive.
UWTC brings grant funds into Transylvania County and combines those awards with local donations and sponsorships. UWTC invests in the future of the entire county by funding local programs and initiatives designed to empower people to improve their lives.
To volunteer, donate or learn more about United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit unitedwaytransylvania.org or facebook.com/LiveUnitedUWTC.
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