Gov. Pat McCrory presents volunteer award to Monarch Lighthouse Club member KJ Koeleveld
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory presented the state’s highest award for volunteer service to 21 recipients at a ceremony in Raleigh this month.
E.J. Koeleveld, who also attends Monarch’s Lighthouse Club of Currituck, was among those volunteer honorees. Koeleveld has volunteered at the Kill Devil Hills Library for 20 years, and officials there estimate he has shelved more than 416,000 books in that time. Congratulations, E.J., on this well-deserved honor!
Koeleveld 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.