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Hadassah Recognized at Governor's Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony

April 19, 2010

Tony White
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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

Award Recipients

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

Date: 4/20/2010 12:00:00 AM

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