State to honor volunteers Oct. 29 for outstanding community service

DOVER — Thirty-two individuals and groups will be honored with the 2019 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award during a ceremony at the end of the month.

The winners were selected for their service to their communities in helping a wide array of people, such as children, the homeless, and people with disabilities.

According to the State Office of Volunteerism, nearly 18,000 Delaware adults volunteered in 2017 through, collectively contributing more than 700,000 hours of service to nonprofits and community organizations. The value of their service is estimated at more than $17.4 million.

“Each day across our state, thousands of volunteers come together with the common purpose to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve,” Gov. John Carney said in a statement. “Their selfless work on behalf of others is helping us to build a stronger and better Delaware for everyone. We appreciate all those who volunteer their time and talents in Delaware, and it is my privilege to honor 32 individuals and groups with the 2019 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award.”

The winners will be celebrated Oct. 29 at Dover Downs. The event will begin with a reception at 5, followed by the ceremony an hour later. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the award recipients and other attendees will celebrate with a dinner.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online via Eventbrite.

The winners of the Paul Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award are Anthony Bosworth, Merry Jones and Patrina Spiezio. In addition to the lifetime achivemenent honorees and 22 individual winners, Harvey Hanna & Associates, Virtual Reality Volunteers, Good Ole Boy Foundation, Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Volunteer Corps, Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth, Nanticoke Creekwatchers and the Glades Quilters will be recognized.

“We have updated the categories in which the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards are presented from previous awards,” Kanani H. Munford, senior administrator for the State Office of Volunteerism and the executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, said in a statement. “This has allowed us to consider a broader range of volunteer service and gives flexibility for our selection committee in evaluating the volunteer projects performed by the nominees. This update was made to increase the diversity of volunteers considered and allows for a more inclusive experience for all involved.”

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the governor, the Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.
More information on the event and the recipients can be found at

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