(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – Four volunteers from across the state have been named recipients of the Arkansas Community Service Awards. The volunteers will be honored at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion on April 25, 2019.
Nancy Brisher, of Alma, is to be honored for her volunteer service with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Sebastian County and The CALL, where she volunteers as a juvenile advocate and developed a mentoring program to support young people who are aging out of foster care and entering young adulthood.
Kelsey Bell, of Little Rock, was chosen as the Young Professional Honoree for her service with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Arkansas Chapter. Her volunteer efforts have focused on bringing awareness to suicide prevention resources by leveraging social media campaigns to reach more people across the state.
Shelby Morrow, of Little Rock, is the National Service Honoree for her service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Our House. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, she raised vital funds to support programming for families who were homeless and near homeless, while volunteering in her local neighborhood.
This year’s Youth Honoree is Sydney Dumond of DeWitt. She was nominated by Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas for her volunteer service which helped her community comply with 9-1-1 emergency services marking regulations, finding 353 homes and business that did not have clearly posted numbers and working with them to make sure they were up to code.
Since 1978, the Arkansas Community Service Awards have been presented each year to volunteers who have made a significant impact in their communities. The Awards are presented in partnership with KARK Channel 4, The Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism, VolunteerAR, the Governor’s Office, and the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Communications and Community Engagement.
Award honorees are selected based on their outstanding volunteer service – for demonstrating conscientiousness and unselfishness that benefits the community at large and exemplifies the highest ideals of humanitarianism. Award recipients are nominated by the community and selected by The Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism. All candidates are judged according to specific nomination guidelines.
For information on nominating an outstanding volunteer for the 2020 Community Service Awards visit www.volunteerAR.org/Community-service-awards