Monarch’s MCLS receives the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for County
The participants at Monarch’s Montgomery Community Living Skills (MCLS) program in Biscoe love to help their neighbors in need. From planting flowers to beautify the grounds at the Community Center, packing bags of groceries for the Montgomery County Council on Aging that will be distributed to approximately 450 low income seniors to organizing and packing food for the county’s Communities in Schools’ BackPack Pals Program, which helps to ensure 150 students have enough to eat, the group always stands willing to give back to their community.
To acknowledge their volunteer service and commitment of time, accomplishments, community impact and enhancement of the lives of others, the volunteers at Monarch’s MCLS are the recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Montgomery County.
“This group is eager and willing to help with any project that is presented to them and they are always ready and willing,” explained Kristie Cobb, program manager at MCLS. “The MCLS volunteers are hard working, provide quality services and are dedicated to completing the tasks they are assigned. They view every opportunity to help others positively and are excited about bringing joy to others.”
Festival held April 19
Staff in Moore County will host a “Carnival Festival” at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at the Monarch Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) in Southern Pines. The event will be held for people supported, family members, friends and area group homes throughout the region as a way to foster community and engagement.
The festival will help participants to continue their goals by encouraging eating healthy and lifestyles. Josephine Garber, developmental specialist at Connecticut Avenue Home, will take the opportunity to launch a gardening club to foster ongoing support for healthy eating – and organizers plan to use the event to generate participation for a walking group for residents and staff.
“This is simply a gathering to allow us to enjoy each other’s company, socialize and eat,” explained Hakim Ellis, operations manager for Oak Drive and Connecticut Avenue homes and the event organizer. “During the event, all volunteers and staff will wear pendants that the residents are making to increase awareness about Autism.”