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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Dartmouth Community Services, the local service outreach and education arm of Dartmouth College's Tucker Foundation, has been selected to receive a 2006 Spirit of New Hampshire Award, which will be presented by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch on Nov. 13 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.
Spirit of New Hampshire awards are part of an annual recognition program administered by Volunteer NH! in collaboration with the Office of the Governor. The awards honor outstanding contributions to volunteerism throughout the state of New Hampshire and augment the many local recognition events that show appreciation for the work of community volunteers.
The awards fall into two categories: Volunteer Service Awards and Volunteer Champion Awards. Dartmouth Community Services has been chosen for a Volunteer Champion Award. "Volunteer NH!" presents these awards to organizations that "provide the infrastructure that allows volunteers to be successful in their service. Awards in the Volunteer Champion category recognize excellent volunteer management (recruitment, orientation and training, on-going support, and recognition of volunteers) as well as successful efforts to develop funds that sustain volunteer commitment and programs."
Dartmouth Community Services was nominated for the Volunteer Champion Award by the Rev. Dr. Nancy A.G. Vogele, Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in White River Junction, Vermont. Vogele's congregation is highly involved in outreach projects across the Upper Valley, which has helped to keep her aware of the contributions made by Dartmouth students in a variety of social programs. In her letter of nomination, Vogele quotes the "motto" of Dartmouth Community Services, "Idealism in Action", and notes the program's 1,200 volunteers and 40,000 hours of service annually. Recalling her own experience with the program in the early 1980s when, as a member of the class of 1985, she was a Dartmouth Student, Vogele says "....my own volunteer and leadership experiences as a young person in DCS helped form me into the person I am today, helped connect me to my vocation and to my Upper Valley home. For that I am forever grateful. That this program has grown and deepened over the years, sustaining its service, is an incredible blessing to New Hampshire communities and to the learning and growth of young people."
Letters supporting the nomination of Dartmouth Community Services for the award were also submitted by Barbara Mason, who works in guidance within the Mascoma School District in Enfield and Canaan, N.H., where students operate the Outdoor Leadership Experience Project; and by Merilynn Bourne, Executive Director at LISTEN Community Services, with which the Dartmouth program is associated for the Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring project, for food and clothing drives and for the provision of a weekly community dinner in Hanover through the Students Fighting Hunger project.
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