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NAVPLG Announces Winners of 2022 Awards
The National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG) announced three award winners during their annual meeting held online on July 20, 2022. The awards recognize excellence in the field of volunteer management in city and county governments.
Awards were presented to:
- Jody Cook, Volunteer Program Specialist with the City of Columbia, Missouri was recognized as Outstanding Volunteer Administrator. Jody worked with the City’s Special Olympics Program for nine years coordinating hundreds of volunteers before moving to her current position where she works with volunteers who focus on recycling and waste reduction.
- Volunteer Gwinnett, Gwinnett County, Georgia received the Innovative Program Award for their Community Services Mobile Food Distribution. Volunteer Gwinnett deployed a weekly mobile food strategy by partnering with Atlanta Community Food Bank to supply Gwinnett families with 40 to 50 pounds of food per household. The program served more than a million pounds of food since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 28,312 households and 115,000 residents in Gwinnet County.
- The Rising to Excellence Award was presented to 3rd Cavalry Regiment & Cen-Tex Partnership at Fort Hood, Texas for their environmental stewardship program at Thomas Arnold Elementary School. Troopers from 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, also known as the Tiger Squadron worked on the school’s garden, beautified the schools grounds and taught students about gardening. The program developed a pumpkin patch, pollinator beds, hummingbird bed and vegetable bed that will help to promote environmental education and stewardship.
“There are so many unsung heroes – people who volunteer their time and skills to make their communities better. So often their efforts go unnoticed. With the NAVPLG Awards we hope to shine a national spotlight on the work being done in cities and counties to build stronger bonds between people and to lift up those in need. The award winners this year do just that – helping to feed the hungry during the pandemic and support the environment while sharing knowledge. We applaud these programs and the volunteer managers who make them possible. Congratulations to the award winners,” said Mary Lynn Perry, President of NAVPLG.
Founded in 1997, NAVPLG is an international association of administrators for volunteer programs in local, city, and county government. NAVPLG encourages professional development and networking among those who manage volunteers in local government.