Nearly two dozen individuals and groups will be honored with the 2014 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award on Oct. 14 at Dover Downs, including a Frankford man. The people and organizations participate in such diverse activities as educating others about the environment, advocating for causes close to their hearts and raising thousands of dollars for community organizations.
The local honoree is James Angus of Frankford, cited for his volunteer work in the area of social justice and advocacy.
“Every day, we see the difference that volunteers make across our state,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “This year’s Volunteer Award recipients are just a few of the outstanding Delawareans who give their time and talents to make Delaware a better place to live and inspire others to do the same.”
The 2014 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards recipients represent the efforts of thousands of Delawareans who make positive contributions to society and inspire others to do the same, he said.
More than 148,000 Delawareans volunteered in 2010, contributing 16.9 million hours of service to nonprofit and community organizations, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service. Another 41,000 Delawareans volunteered informally by helping neighbors or working on community issues.
“As a state of neighbors, we can improve the lives of many by working together. By doing that, we create a positive and healthy future for all,” said Rita Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the state’s efforts to foster volunteerism and service. “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in our state.”
On Oct. 14, more than 400 people are expected to honor the volunteers at Dover Downs, for their outstanding service. The event will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the ceremony starting at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $35 per person and are available by visiting www.volunteerdelaware.eventbrite.com. Information on the event and the winners is available at www.volunteerdelaware.org.
The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers and the State Office of Volunteerism, as well as the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.