April 19, 2010
Public Information Officer
Lt. Governor Brown Presents
Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Marylanders recognized for civic commitment
Lt Governor Anthony Brown presented a total of 33 awards to honorees representing 13 Maryland counties and Baltimore City, during the 27th annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards ceremony. The afternoon ceremony took place at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis.
The awards presentation begins the state recognition of National Volunteer Week in Maryland (April 18-April 24) and represents the most prestigious volunteer award presented by the Office of the Governor. Award categories include the adult group, adult individual, business, faith based, lifetime achievement, national service, nonprofit, senior group, senior individual, special recognition, youth individual and youth group. The results demonstrate Maryland’s rich diversity and continued commitment to civic engagement.
“In these tough economic times, the service volunteers provide is so valuable in that it fills gaps in areas like education, the environment, community development, mentoring, assisted living and emergency response, to name just a few,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “But as Marylanders, we all benefit from the extra effort put forth by the people who are here and others who are not.”
According to data released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) over the course of 2006-2008, 1.3 million Marylanders dedicated 192.2 million hours of volunteer service, totaling over $4 billion of free service to the state.
This figure is based on the annual estimation of the dollar value of a volunteer hour by the group Independent Sector, which currently stands at $20.85.
To qualify for a Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, completed nomination forms were sent to the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, accompanied by a written description consisting of no more than 500 words explaining why a person, group or organization should be recognized.
The criteria for selection of award winners are:
- Outstanding volunteer service requiring meaningful commitment of effort and time
- Positive influence that addresses a problem or enhances the quality of life in Maryland
- Emphasis on service during the calendar year 2009
This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service will commit more than $20,500,000 to support Maryland communities through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.
Lt. Governor Brown is a Harvard-educated attorney and has been a member of the Active and Reserve Components of the United States Army since 1984. In 2004, Mr. Brown was deployed to Iraq to serve a 10-month tour with the Multi-National Force-Iraq, where he worked with military and civilian officials to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people of the war-torn country.
In 2007, Mr. Brown was promoted to the rank of Colonel and currently commands the 153rd Legal Support Organization located in Pennsylvania. Mr. Brown is currently the highest-ranking elected official in the nation who has served a tour of duty in Iraq.
2010 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards
Name County Category
1. Rosalie Pack Baltimore City Adult Individual
2. JoAnn Adams Calvert County Adult Individual
3. Barbara Van Dahlen Montgomery County Adult Individual
4. James T. Elliott, Sr. 6 counties Adult Individual
5. Helen He Montgomery County Adult Individual
6. St. George’s Garden Club Baltimore City and County Adult Group
7. G.B. Charities Baltimore City and County Adult Group
8. Café 611 Frederick County Business
9. Admiral Cleaners Numerous locations Business
10. American Sugar Refining Baltimore City and County Business
11. Community Church of Ocean Pines Worcester County Faith-based
12. Mentoring to Manhood Prince George’s County Faith-based
13. Hadassah Baltimore County Faith-based
14. SMILE Ecumenical Ministries Inc. Calvert County Faith-based
15. Arlene Falke Baltimore City Lifetime Achievement
16. Edward Jagen Prince George’s County Lifetime Achievement
17. Lois Gross Anne Arundel Lifetime Achievement
18. Caitlin Evans Montgomery County National Service
19. Jeana Biondo Carroll County National Service
20. Eden Mill Nature Center Harford County Nonprofit
21. Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary Worcester Nonprofit
22. George Evans Wicomico and Somerset counties Senior Individual
23. Pat Meyers Prince George’s County Senior Individual
24. George Pittman Howard County Senior Individual
25. Legacy Leadership Institute on Municipal Government Prince George’s Senior Group
26. Dominique Davis Prince George’s County Youth Individual
27. Sierra Fox Prince George’s County Youth Individual
28. Friends School Habitat for Humanity Club Baltimore City Youth Group
29. Synergy Teen Volunteers Prince George’s County Youth Group
30. Elroy Christopher Special Recognition
31. First Mt. Olive Free Will Baptist Church Special Recognition
32. The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore Special Recognition
33. Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Special Recognition