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Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Eric Friedlander will recognize volunteerism and service contributions across the commonwealth at the 26th Annual Governor’s Service Awards. This year’s award ceremony – consisting of 15 individual awards and 13 group awards – was broadcast today and is available on Serve Kentucky’s Facebook page.
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"Today we celebrate the resilient and selfless contributions of volunteers across the state. These individuals and organizations are living out their values and faith by helping others with no expectation of anything in return," said Gov. Beshear. "Congratulations to the award recipients and thank you to all volunteers for letting your light shine throughout our commonwealth. You are such an important part of Team Kentucky."
"Volunteers have stepped up in remarkable ways throughout the course of the pandemic," said Sec. Friedlander. "During dynamic times, their creativity and unwavering spirit has been a key component in Kentucky’s ability to build back better. Thank you to the many volunteers across the state for your everyday commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of Kentuckians."
Serve Kentucky, an agency within CHFS, coordinates the annual awards. The Governor's Office launched the program in 1975; however, Serve Kentucky has managed the awards program since 1995.
"It’s our honor to lift up volunteers – such as these award winners – who have given so much to their communities," said Joe Bringardner, Serve Kentucky executive director. "They are local leaders who assess local needs and act by tackling the matter at its core – making our communities better."
|Fifteen individuals and 13 groups have received Governor's Service Awards recognizing their volunteerism and service contributions to the commonwealth of Kentucky.|
Heritage Bank of Burlington in Boone County was the only winner from the Northern Kentucky region. The bank received a Governor’s Service Award for Business Service. Founded in 1990 by Arthur Caddell, Heritage Bank annually provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school seniors, county 4-H organizations, the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, Junior Achievement and many other organizations that work with underserved populations. Employees volunteer numerous hours on company time to support food banks, disaster relief organizations, active military support organizations, schools and other community organizations.
In addition to coordinating the Governor’s Service Awards, Serve Kentucky currently administers 22 AmeriCorps program grants with more than $9.5 million in federal grant funds along with supporting other community service programs across the commonwealth. State Service Commissions oversee the annual grant competition that awards funding to AmeriCorps State programs, determine social needs in their states, set policy and program priorities, provide training and assistance, support national days of service and promote service and volunteering. For more information about the Governor’s Service Awards, Kentucky’s AmeriCorps programs or volunteerism, call (502) 564-7420 or visit the Serve Kentucky website.