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Governor Cooper honors Burlington volunteer

The Alamance County’s Volunteer Service Awards program, created in 1980, recognizes Alamance County’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on citizens who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in our local community.

United Way’s Community Council selects individuals, businesses, or groups/teams who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to Alamance County.  These winners are then nominated for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award with one outstanding volunteer nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.  Courtesy of LabCorp, a $1,000 donation will be made to a non-profit selected by each of the winners.  Alamance County has had a winner for seven of the last eleven years.  Below is an article recognizing this year’s recipient.

The following article was posted by the Times-News on May 9, 2017 at 5:51 PM

Marianela Melendez with Gov Roy Cooper

Cooper honors Burlington volunteer

Marianela Melendez of the Burlington Housing Authority is among 22 volunteers statewide to receive the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

Melendez was one of The United Way of Alamance County’s 2016 volunteers of the year.

A native New Yorker, she joined the Burlington Housing Authority in 2015 as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Required to complete 300 hours of volunteer work within a year, she completed 432 hours, and the authority gave her a part-time job.

Volunteer work “has brought back the life into me,” she told the Times-News in December.

Gov. Roy Cooper presented the Medallion Awards this week at the State Capitol.

“Volunteers are the best of us, and those of you being honored today have gone above and beyond,” Cooper told the group.

The award was established in 2006 by the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. It recognizes the top 20–25 volunteers in the state each year. Selections are based on volunteer efforts, time commitment, accomplishments, community impact and enhancement of others’ lives.