Local volunteers receive state honors

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Posted 6/22/22

One Harnett County nonprofit organization and three individuals were among those receiving state recognition for volunteerism during a virtual awards ceremony.

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Local volunteers receive state honors

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One Harnett County nonprofit organization and three individuals were among those receiving state recognition for volunteerism during a virtual awards ceremony.

Project Not Forgotten Inc., an organization that delivers flowers to nursing home residents, received the prestigious North Carolina Governor’s Medallion Award on behalf of the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

William “Bill” Turner and Lynda Turner along with Erwin Fire Chief Ricky Blackmon were awarded the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

Project Not Forgotton

Project Not Forgotten got its start during the COVID-19 pandemic when nursing homes were closed to visitors and families.

Jeffery Surles, a local florist, became concerned that residents would become lonely and depressed. He reached out to a few friends to assist with creating and delivering flowers to nursing home residents. The project brought smiles to the faces of the residents during this difficult time.

Because of its success, the project continued to grow and today over 100 volunteers help brighten the lives of nursing home residents. Six times a year they deliver arrangements to 25 facilities in five counties serving over 1,700 residents at a time.

The North Carolina Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service honors the spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

Recipients are nominated at the county level by a designated award coordinator — with only one nomination permitted per county — and assessed by a statewide panel to determine the honorees.

Volunteer Service Award winners

The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service presented the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to the Turners and Blackmon.

Bill and Lynda Turner worked as a team to provide hot meals to seniors in the Dunn area during the pandemic.  They also played a significant role in making sure that needed supplies were delivered promptly during this critical time.

Chief Blackmon has served as a firefighter/EMT for 40 years. He has led during numerous hurricanes and emergencies to include the COVID-19 pandemic. He volunteers his time to manage a paid staff and all the volunteers within Erwin Fire and Rescue.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors people who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The award was created in the Office of the Governor in 1979.

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