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Monarch’s Montgomery Community Living Skills program receives the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Montgomery County

Participants of Monarch’s Montgomery Community Living Skills (MCLS) in Biscoe enjoy helping their neighbors in need.

MCLS Gov Award 3-20132From planting flowers to helping 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.

“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 hardworking, 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.”

For 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.

On March 25, Jamie Warner, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and award representative, congratulated the volunteers and presented them with their prestigious Governor’s Award. The Governor's Volunteer Service 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 proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by the Office of the Governor in 1979.

Planting flowers at senior centerThe financial impact this group has made on their community is tremendous. Their volunteer service has allowed program dollars to go directly to supporting the people in need rather than paying staff to complete the tasks, Cobb said.

The Monarch MCLS volunteers have provided countless service hours the last two years and their volunteerism has contributed an economic impact of more than $25,700 combined, to the Montgomery County Council on Aging and BackPack Pals. They have also volunteered dozens of hours to various organizations and civic groups across Montgomery County.

“These volunteers enjoy using their talents to make a positive impact on the community in which they live,” Cobb said. “Their community service also helps to educate others about the extraordinary abilities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The volunteers at MCLS are among the dozens of people with disabilities supported by Monarch that gave their talent, energy and time in 2012 – exactly 35,152.17 hours of their time. From the mountains to the coast, that dedication and level of service to communities across the state yielded an economic impact of $660,860.80, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that estimates the value of volunteer time for North Carolina at $18.80 per service hour.

Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525 or visit
Pictured above: Volunteers from Monarch's MCLS pose for a photo holding their newly presented Governor's Award for Volunteer Service for Montgomery County. MCLS help to plant flowers at the local Community Center. The group are recent recipients of the prestigious honor.




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