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DHSS Press Release

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

Date: January 18, 2012


NEW CASTLE (Jan. 18, 2012) - Help recognize young people doing great volunteer work in Delaware's neighborhoods, schools, nonprofits, places of worships, arts organizations and environmental groups.

Nominations for the Governor's Outstanding Youth Volunteer Service Awards are now being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism. These awards recognize the important contributions that volunteers, 18 and younger, make to their communities through volunteerism. Award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony in April.

"Thank you to the young people who volunteer their talents across our state," Gov. Jack Markell said. "Our communities are better places because of their selfless contributions, and they are developing what I firmly believe will be a lifetime passion for public service. Above all else, these young volunteers are learning that a successful future will be measured by the difference they make."

Individuals, school organizations, and community groups volunteering in the areas of arts and culture; education; community service; environment; health; human needs; and social justice during the 2011 calendar year are eligible. Nomination packets must be delivered to the Office of Volunteerism by Feb. 13.

To request a form, contact Carrie Hart at 857-5006, or find the form online at

The Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor and coordinated by the State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service

For more information about the Governor's Outstanding Youth Service Awards, go to , or contact Carrie Hart at (302) 857-5006.

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.