Nine individuals and six groups — including the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and Freeman Arts Pavilion Volunteer Corp — will be honored with the 2022 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards during a ceremony to be held Dec. 1 at the Executive Banquet & Conference Center in Newark. The award recipients will be recognized for exceptional contributions and outstanding dedication to service and volunteerism in Delaware.
The ceremony begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45 and are available for purchase at 2022-GovernorsVolunteerAwards.eventbrite.com.
"Every year we honor the selfless individuals and organizations who have dedicated hundreds of hours to improving the lives of their neighbors," said Governor John Carney. "This year's honorees have a spirit of service that's inspiring and leading us to a strong, better Delaware."
The Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards, administered by the State Office of Volunteerism, honors the contributions of individuals and groups in Delaware that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering. The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of State Service Centers, State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor's Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.
"It is such a privilege to celebrate the generosity, compassion and kindness of fellow Delawareans committed to making a difference in the lives of others," said Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik. "We are excited to come together in person this year to recognize the exceptional service and contributions of these amazing volunteers."
Those being honored in 2022 participated in a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the state. Service areas included raising funds for local nonprofit organizations, promoting awareness, caring for animals, promoting arts and educational programs, and advocating for vulnerable populations.
For a full list of this year's honorees, click here.