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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Date: March 14, 2012


DOVER (March 14, 2012) - Gov. Jack Markell will present Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards to 19 individuals and groups of young people April 4 at the Dover Downs Hotel ballrooms.

More than 300 people are expected to join the governor in honoring the young volunteers 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. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at

"These young people from across our state exemplify the power of one. They show us how one person definitely can make a difference in so many lives," Gov. Markell said. "It is my privilege to honor young people for volunteering their talents to help strengthen our communities. It will be my pleasure to thank our youth for turning their passion for public service into action."

The recipients are:

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf, whose department oversees the State Office of Volunteerism, said the honorees also are gaining experience that she hopes will extend throughout their lives.

"The true measure of any life is how well we serve a good greater than our own," Landgraf said. "As volunteers, these young people have proved their passion for serving fellow Delawareans. As their life journeys continue, their commitment to lifting up others will be absolutely essential in helping to solve the problems we face as a state and a nation."

The Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the state Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, Serve Delaware, The Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, and the Department of Education.

Eligible nominees include individuals or youth groups in which participants age 18 or younger are enrolled as a secondary school student during the 2011-2012 school year. Individuals and groups must be engaged in volunteer activities addressing community needs in Delaware, and must have volunteered at least 50 hours as an individual or 100 hours as a group.

For more information about the Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards, go to To interview any of the winners or for more about the awards, contact Carrie Hart, Volunteer Service Administrator, at (302) 857-5006.

The list of biographies of the Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards recipients is attached.

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Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.