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October 18
County Recognizes Winners of #ONEWake Volunteer Awards

The Wake County of Board of Commissioners and the County Manager's Office at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 17, recognized 10 local residents who selflessly volunteered their time over the past year to make a real and lasting impact on the lives of others in our community. These citizens each received the 2016 #ONEWake Outstanding Volunteer award for their contributions to the county.

"It is my privilege to honor these individuals for their commitment to 'doing good' in their community," said Board Chairman James West. "Through their actions, they have benefited countless people in Wake County by helping preserve historical archives in our libraries, operating polling locations during elections and collecting food for the hungry. These volunteers are wonderful role models and inspire us all to make this an even better place to live, work, learn and play."

The award winners include:

  • Justice Church – Wake County 4H/Human Services
  • Walter Kreais – Eastern Wake Fire and Rescue
  • Petra Hager – The American Red Cross, El Pueblo Inc., American Diabetes Association, City of Raleigh
  • Diana McLucas – Wake County Southern Regional Center
  • Debbie Hinds – Wake County Animal Control and Adoption Center
  • Luz Opsal – Urban Ministries of Wake County
  • Dr. David Horowitz – Wake County Child Fatality Prevention Team/Community Child Protection Team
  • Renwick Pridgeon – Wake County Board of Elections
  • Randi Jenkins – Wake County Public Libraries
  • Morgan Schodtler – Wake County Public Libraries

Vice Chairman Sig Hutchinson presented the volunteers with their awards during a luncheon at the Wake County Justice Center at noon. The full board applauded the award recipients for their dedication and hard work during the regularly scheduled board meeting at 2 p.m. Photos from both events are available on the Wake County Facebook page.

In all, 25 volunteers were nominated this year for recognition in the youth, adult and employee categories. Ten of them were selected as outstanding volunteers who received awards. Each nominee either volunteered directly for a department within Wake County Government or is a current county employee who volunteered with any organization over the past year.

Wake County is dedicated to creating a culture of volunteerism in which employees and citizens feel empowered to serve. That is why the county launched the #ONEWake campaign in April. It uses a variety of outreach and education strategies to show how ONE person can make a real difference in their community in just ONE hour or ONE day. Through #ONEWake, the county is promoting ways for volunteers to support county programs and services, and recognizing those who do.





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