David Kling earns Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Moore County
Southern Pines resident receives prominent 2014 state service award
David Kling, of Moore County, loves to help his neighbors in need.
Kling, who attends Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) and is a resident of one of the agency’s homes, performs a number of service activities with fellow participants of Monarch’s MCACC, but he especially enjoys organizing and packing food for BackPack Pals of Moore County. The non-profit, which started in 2005, provides weekend bags full of nutritional foods for more than 1,100 students in Moore County Schools who don’t always get enough to eat once school dismisses on Friday.
Every Thursday since the program’s inception, Kling volunteers for two hours replenishing the assembly line of food for other volunteers who are packing the bags. He also carries and loads the packed bags of food into the cars of the 24 school representatives who deliver them to the schools. Students who have been identified as recipients in need by teachers, social workers and school administrators then receive the backpacks for the weekend.
For his volunteer service and commitment of time, community impact and enhancement of the lives of others, Kling was named the Moore County recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The state honor will be presented to Kling during the Moore County Commissioners’ meeting on April 15. The people supported and staff at Monarch are very proud of Kling’s dedication to service and his tremendous recognition.
“Everybody loves David,” shared Linda Hubbard, founder and organizer of BackPack Pals of Moore County. “He’s an extremely hard worker, who is dedicated, has a great sense of humor – and he’s cute. He and his parents are fantastic. It’s a great program and it takes wonderful volunteers, like David and his dad, who make this [program] work.”
Angela House, a Monarch operations director who nominated Kling for the Governor’s Award, said he sets a positive example for so many and is a deserving recipient.
“I nominated David for this award because anyone who puts nine years into volunteering his own personal time into something so great deserves to be recognized for his years of volunteerism,” House explained. “How many people devote that much of their lives to do something so great for someone else? It shows others how easy it is to be committed and dedicated to helping others in need.” Kling is much more modest about his efforts.
“This is very important to the kids in the community. I am very proud to be part of BackPack Pals. I’m thankful to the people of Moore County and those who nominated me,” Kling said. “I’m very excited.”
Kling is among the dozens of people with disabilities statewide supported by Monarch who gave their talent, energy and time in 2013 – exactly 33,215.44 hours of their time. That dedication and level of service to communities across the state yielded an economic impact of $634,082.75, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that estimates the value of volunteer time for North Carolina at $19.09 per service hour.
Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, 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. ###