Governor’s Weekly Message: Strengthening Our Neighborhoods Through Community Engagement

In his weekly message, Governor Markell highlights various community-driven efforts to strengthen and revitalize Delaware neighborhoods. 

“As I’ve traveled throughout the state, I hear a common message from residents: they want to play an active role in revitalizing struggling neighborhoods,” said Governor Markell. “They’re interested in being a part of the solution, and not dwelling on challenges, and their enthusiasm presents an incredible opportunity for the future of our towns, and for the future of our state. If we tap into the energy of the many selfless Delawareans who want to give their time to help friends, families and neighbors, we will keep Delaware moving forward.”

Every week, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form. The message is available on: 

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Transcript of the Governor’s Weekly Message:  Strengthening Our Neighborhoods Through Community Engagement


Nominations Open for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards

Nominations Open for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards; Submission Deadline Is Aug. 26

NEW CASTLE – Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism through Wednesday, Aug. 26. These awards recognize the important contributions that Delaware’s volunteers, 18 and older, make to their communities. Award recipients will be honored in October at a special ceremony at Dover Downs Hotel.

The awards honor individuals, organizations, community groups, and corporate volunteerism in the areas of arts and culture, education, community service, environment, health, human needs and social justice. The Paul Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person who has had a longtime commitment to volunteerism. Volunteer efforts must have been performed during 2014.

“I am appreciative of the volunteer efforts that happen every day across our state,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “I see the difference that people are making in their communities, especially on behalf of our most vulnerable residents. These dedicated volunteers support individuals and families, and help to build stronger communities. That’s why I am in awe each year of the passion they have for the causes they serve.”

“The volunteer does not do his or her work expecting to be rewarded. Volunteers give generously of their time and abilities to serve their local community and, in some cases, the world community. They do it quietly and thoughtfully,” said Nancy Forster, Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service. “The Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service is pleased to participate in the Governor’s Adult Volunteer award program and gratefully acknowledge the good work our citizens perform in service to others.”

The nomination form is available on https://volunteer.delaware.gov. Nominators may also request a nomination form by emailing deborah.tokarski@delaware.gov or calling (302) 255-9893. Prior to submission, you may email the nomination form to Deborah Tokarski for review and feedback.

Nominations must be delivered by Wednesday, Aug. 26, to the Office of Volunteerism, Attn: Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, c/o Deborah Tokarski, 1901 N. Dupont Highway, Charles Debnam Building, New Castle, DE 19720 or emailed to deborah.tokarski@delaware.gov.

According to a 2013 study by the Corporation for National & Community Service, more than 187,700 Delawareans volunteered, contributing 21.7 million hours of service to nonprofit and community organizations. That volunteerism is valued at almost $500 million a year.

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor and are coordinated by the State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.

For more information about the awards or volunteer opportunities, go to https://volunteer.delaware.gov, or contact Deborah Tokarski, Volunteer Service Administrator, at (302) 255-9893 or via email deborah.tokarski@delaware.gov.

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

For more information, contact Jill Fredel, Director of Communications, (302) 255-9047 (office) or (302) 357-7498 (cell).

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.


The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum

Vietnam Wall News Release Flyer

The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum

Date: July 2 – 5, 2015
Time: Open to the public 24 hours a day
Location: Kent County Veterans Memorial Park
S. Little Creek Road, Dover
(near Kent County Admin Bldg & Blue Hen Mall)

Opening Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2015, 10:00 am

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Sherri Taylor at (302) 257-3117 or sherri.taylor@delaware.gov – we appreciate your support!

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Freedom 5K Run/Walk & Roll

Benefits the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund

July 4th at 9:00 am (rain or shine)

Kent County Memorial Park – next to Kent County Admin Bldg, 555 Bay Rd, Dover

Vietnam Wall News Release Flyer


Volunteer Fair in Dover

20 Kent County Organizations to Be Represented at May 16
Volunteer Fair in Dover

DOVER – The State Office of Volunteerism and the Kent County Public Library will host a volunteer fair from 2-4 p.m. May 16 at the library for prospective volunteers of all ages to learn about more than 20 organizations in Kent County.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in volunteering to hear from people involved with the organizations and to get an understanding of the impact that volunteers have,” said Secretary Rita Landgraf of the Department of Health and Social Services, which oversees the State Office of Volunteerism. “We know that people who do volunteer get so much out of the experience. They see that their gifts and talents truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

Organizations that will be represented at the volunteer fair are American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, national Capital Therapy Dogs, Creative Mentoring, Heartland Hospice, and many more.

The Kent County Library is at 497 S. Red Haven Lane in Dover.

For more information about the volunteer fair or to have your group included, contact Carrie Hart with the State Office of Volunteerism at (302) 857-5006.

For more information, go to www.https://volunteer.delaware.gov.

For more information, contact Jill Fredel, Director of Communications, (302) 255-9047 (office) or (302) 357-7498 (cell).

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.


Governor’s Weekly Message: Strengthening Our Communities by Serving Those in Need

(Wilmington, DE) – In his weekly message, Governor Markell celebrates volunteerism in the First State during the annual Week of Service.
“From delivering meals to seniors to mentoring children and cleaning up public places, Delawareans annually perform more than 22 million hours of service, helping brighten the future for current and future generations,” said Governor Markell. “The Week of Service, isn’t just about the work we do one week out of the year. It’s about encouraging and inspiring Delawareans to continue to volunteer for the rest of the year.”
Every week, the Governor’s office releases a new Weekly Message in video, audio, and transcript form. The message is available on:

YouTube:https://youtu.be/wxGfHOxYgv8
Delaware.Gov: http://governor.delaware.gov/podcast_video.shtml
By email: Please contact our press team to subscribe to our press list
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Transcript of the Governor’s Weekly Message: Strengthening Our Communities by Serving Those in Need