HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, in partnership with United Way of Forsyth County, Salem College and The Winston-Salem Journal, presented the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards to 15 recipients from across Forsyth County. Hands-On, whose mission is to mobilize people and organizations that inspire community change, presented the awards at an in-person breakfast April 26 at Salem College’s Bryant Hall for the first time since 2019. .
The winners were selected by a committee of volunteers from a diverse pool of applicants. The winners are: Dollie Jo Steelman (Animals); Ethan-Sharman B. King (cultural); Camry Wilborn Mercer (volunteer directors); Dinah Ashcraft (Catastrophe); Luis Nixon (denominational entity); Teresa Hampton, Keith Fowler and Anne Morehead (band/team); Sara Quandt (Health and Social Services); Karla Mounts (Latin); David Roddick (Lifetime Achievement); Tiffany Parms (marginalized populations); Peter Jennings (Senior); Cindy Bay Wall (youth service); Stan Shuman (veteran/military); and Ashley Silva Martinez (Youth).
The winner of the People’s Choice Award, chosen from among all nominees by JournalNow.com voters, was Tiffany Parms, marking one of the few times in People’s Choice Award history that they have chosen a category winner.
The program featured the winners sharing their individual and inspiring service stories. The facilitator was Shellie Sizemore from the Office of Civic and Community Engagement at Wake Forest University.
These volunteers donate their time to a variety of different organizations. Dollie Jo Steelman works with people with disabilities and the horses they ride at the Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center. Mr. King instils a sense of pride in the cultural history of at-risk students enrolled in the SURGE program. Camry Wilborn Mercer mobilized student volunteerism at Wake Forest University to create a 200-member strong virtual tutoring program at the height of the pandemic that continues today.
Dinah Ashcraft has worked tirelessly to share COVID-related information with her neighbors and other Whole Man Ministry clients to keep others as safe as possible during the pandemic. Luis Nixon was honored for “loving the often unfriendly homeless clients” served by City with Dwellings. While the team of Teresa Hampton, Keith Fowler and Anne Morehead have been credited with helping SECU Family House make the house a home for families facing medical crises, one data line at a time, Sarah Quandt is doing likewise by providing home-cooked meals. meal.
Karla Mounts redirected her life’s work to increasing entrepreneurship among Latinx students with her 2009 founding of Soy Emprendedor. David Riddick culminated a lifetime of service co-founding Project CARes as a non-profit community development financial institution that ensures adults with credit difficulties can own their own car. Tiffany Parms, who also won the People’s Choice Award at the event, works with LEAD Girls of NC to ensure middle school girls of color have what they need to succeed. Peter Jennings leads difficult conversations that build relationships with his peers at Shepherd’s Center in Greater Winston-Salem.
Cindy Ball Wall knows firsthand the benefits of a school like The Center for Exceptional Children and strives to create a high quality learning experience for the children who attend. “Sweet” Stan Shuman understands the power of fresh baked goods to bring joy to Trellis Supportive Care customers. High school student Ashley Silva Martinez is working to recruit her Spanish-speaking peers to be part of the ViP tutoring and peer guide program.
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards have been awarded by the Governor’s Office and its Committee on Volunteer and Community Service for nearly 40 years. The award honors citizens who have shown great concern and compassion for their neighbors through voluntary service. In Forsyth County, awards have been coordinated for more than a dozen years by United Way. Since 2007, United Way and Hands-On NWNC have worked together to jointly host the awards breakfast. Salem College joined the planning team in 2013, and in 2014 the Winston-Salem Journal helped launch an online nominating and voting system for awards, including a “People’s Choice Award”.