"(Winston-Salem, NC) – HandsOn Northwest North Carolina in partnership with the United Way of Forsyth County, Salem College, and The Winston-Salem Journal will present the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards to nine recipients from across Forsyth County. HandsOn, which works to increase volunteerism and build the capacity of local nonprofits, will present the awards at a breakfast at 8am on Thursday, May 14th at Salem College’s Bryant Hall. Winners were selected by a volunteer committee from a diverse pool of nominations. Award recipients are: Cheryl Lindsay (Individual Adult Volunteer), Don Adamick (National Service Volunteer), Diana Heatwole (Senior Volunteer), Woodforest National Bank (Corporate Volunteer), Patricia Call (Lifetime Achievement Volunteer), Roger Lynn Jordan (Perseverance in Volunteerism), The Stanley Brothers (Family Volunteers), Chad Brown (Outstanding Mentor Volunteer), and the VFW Memorial Honor Guard (Group or Team Volunteers). The program will include addresses from Faye Stone, Assistant Director of the NC Commission of Volunteerism and Community Service (representing the Governor’s Office,) and the emcee will be Neill McNeill, Fox8 News.
These volunteers give their time to a variety of different organizations and schools. Ms. Lindsay won for her leadership work with the American Heart Association. Don Adamick won for organizing more than 30 blood drives for the Armed Services Blood Program. Diana Heatwole was honored for her years of service to Mineral Springs Elementary School. Woodforest National Bank was recognized for their ongoing, consistent volunteer support of Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC. Ms. Call won for her 11 years of volunteering within the halls of Old Town Elementary School. Mr. Jordan was recognized for his efforts to give back to others dealing with cancer diagnoses at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Through his mentoring relationship at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mr. Brown has turned around the life of his “Little.” The Stanley Brothers make sure that the SECU Family House is running smoothly and ready to provide hospitality for those who have loved ones in the hospital. Lastly, the members of the VFW Honor Guard were honored for tireless efforts to provide full military honors at more than 100 funerals and other events each year.
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards were first awarded by the Governor’s Office and its Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in 1979. The award honors citizens who have shown significant concern and compassion for their neighbors through volunteer service. In Forsyth County, the awards were coordinated for over a dozen years by the United Way. Since 2007, the United Way and HandsOn NWNC have worked together to co-host the awards breakfast. Salem College joined the planning team in 2013, and The Winston-Salem Journal spearheaded a revolutionary new online nomination and voting system for this year’s awards."
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