Celebrating Senior and Governor’s Volunteers

United Way of Alamance County believes that volunteers get involved and make a difference in our community.  This month, at the May Community Council meeting, we recognized Carol Canovai as the Senior Citizen of the Year.

Carol has been a SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) Volunteer Counselor since August 2005.  She not only assists clients with their insurance needs, she also helps them navigate through other needs such as credit counseling, housing, and transportation.  Carol is very compassionate and caring.

Each year local nonprofits have the opportunity to nominate their volunteers for recognition during Community Council.  We then nominate one of the volunteers for the Governor’s Medallion Award.

Implemented in 2006, the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service recognizes 20-25 top volunteers in the state.  We are pleased to announce that volunteers in the Elon Buddies program were winners from Alamance County.  On May 6, 2019, at the annual recognition ceremony, they were honored in the State Capitol in Raleigh.  For the past seven years, Elon University college students have volunteered in the Elon Buddies program to form partnerships with students who have special needs attending Alamance Community College.

Tim Haith (Alamance Community College),
First Lady Kristin Cooper,
Liza Margules & Mary Morrison (Elon University)

Alamance County has had a winner for 9 of 14 years: 2006 – Crystal Sharpe; 2008 – Jack Sink; 2012 – Dixie Stafford; 2013 – F.D. Hornaday, III; 2014 – Linda Barron; 2016 – Barbara Roberts; 2017 – Marianela Melendez; 2018 – Betsey Savage; 2019 – Elon Buddies