Monarch’s Beach Club earns 2015 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Dare County
The participants at Monarch’s Beach Club, a day program that offers a variety of activities and support to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, love to spend time and help with the activities and events at the Dare County Center, a multi-generational community facility in Manteo.
Beach Club volunteers have spent hundreds of hours the last five years assisting with Bingo games, delivering Meals on Wheels and a variety of other activities to serve the seniors and others who attend the center.
In recognition of their extensive volunteer service and the impact it has had, the volunteers at Monarch’s Beach Club are the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Dare County.
“The Beach Club has always been known as a program that gives back to the local community. The dedication and desire by people supported to volunteer has once again been recognized and we are thrilled,” said Erma Brault, an operations director at Monarch. “It is wonderful that other local community members took the time to honor them in this way.”
On April 20, local elected officials, dignitaries and a representative from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Office of the Governor congratulated the volunteers and presented them with the prestigious Governor’s Award during the Dare County Board of Commissioner’s meeting. The award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.
The volunteers at the Beach Club are among people with disabilities supported by Monarch who give their talent, time and energy to serve others. Last year people supported at Monarch from the mountains to the coast, volunteered 32,865 hours, which yielded an economic impact statewide of $705,611.55, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that estimates the value of volunteer time for North Carolina at $21.47 per service hour.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a non-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826 or visit www.MonarchNC.org.
Pictured: Beach Club members pose for a photo following the presentation of the 2015 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Dare County on April 20.