April 14, 2015
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor   
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116                                                       
United Way of Central Carolinas recently hosted this year’s Governor’s Awards to honor the Charlotte region’s top volunteers, as part of National Volunteer Week, April 12-18.
Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined event emcee Jamie Boll of WBTV to announce 11 Governor’s Award winners from Mecklenburg and Union counties, including two Medallion Award winners – the state’s top volunteerism honor. Only 20 Medallion Awards are given across North Carolina.
“The Governor's Volunteer Service Award honor the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service,” said Clodfelter.
United Way is the local administrator of the Governor’s Awards, which are overseen by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. Last year, nearly 7,500 United Way volunteers served 21,515 hours at 581 project sites, investing $485,163 in time to our community, all coordinated by the United Way Volunteer Center; thousands of other volunteers helped the local community through Hands On Charlotte and other nonprofit organizations.
“Throughout Charlotte, the needs are great – and the solutions and answers to the problems and issues facing our city have been greatly reduced by thousands of volunteers who have given back to make a difference,” said Clodfelter.