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DHSS Press Release

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

Date: August 15, 2016


Deadline for Nominations for Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Is Friday, Aug. 19 NEW CASTLE (Aug. 15, 2016) - The deadline for nominations to be submitted for the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards is Friday, Aug. 19. These awards recognize the important contributions that Delaware's volunteers, 18 and older, make to their communities. Award recipients will be honored on Oct. 19 at a special ceremony at Dover Downs Hotel.

Individuals, organizations, community groups, and corporate volunteerism can be nominated for volunteer efforts in 2015 in the areas of: arts and culture, community service, education, environment, health, human needs, public safety and social justice. In addition, three new categories have been added: economic opportunity, veterans/military families, and healthy futures. The Paul Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who has had a longtime commitment to volunteerism.

Georgeanna Windley, Chair of the Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, said that the awards "provide an excellent opportunity for organizations to recognize volunteers for their service and also serves to highlight best practices." The nomination form is available on . Nominators may also request a nomination form by emailing or calling (302) 857-5006.

Nominations must be delivered by Friday, Aug. 19, to the Office of Volunteerism, Attn: Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards, c/o April Willey, Williams State Service Center, 805 River Road, Dover, DE, 19901, or emailed to .

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

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.