The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center

Governor's and Key Volunteer Service Awards

Each year, the Center coordinates this program for the Governor’s office for Chatham, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, and Wake counties. County winners are selected and submitted to the Governor’s office, where they are considered for the State’s highest volunteer recognition, the Medallion Award, which is given to the top 20 volunteers in the state.

Recognize outstanding volunteers including corporate partners and volunteer board members by nominating them for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award and/or the Key Volunteer of the Year Award! Award recipients will be recognized in Spring 2023. 

The deadline for nonprofits to nominate volunteers is December 9, 2022.

Things to remember as you nominate your outstanding volunteers:

  • Multiple nominations are allowed
  • Only nominate one person for each Special Volunteer TYPE – strongly encouraged so your volunteers are not competing against each other within that category (Ex. nominate one Youth, one Senior, one Group/Team, etc.)
  • Consider also nominating your corporate volunteers! This is a terrific way to not only recognize them, but it builds a stronger relationship that can also result in increased volunteers and even financial support 
  • The Narrative statement is very important! Please be specific and detailed about your volunteer’s impact to your organization
  • TNVLC can assist in helping you develop your nomination if needed – just contact us!

Nominations open in the winter and all Triangle nonprofits submit their outstanding volunteers in several categories. 

An awards ceremony to recognize these volunteers is held each spring.

Meet our Medallion Winners!

Wake County 

Reverend Felix Iyoko

Shiloh Restoration Church, INC.

Orange County 

Jane McCormick Hogan

General Davie Chapter, NSDAR

Durham County 

Jane McCormick Hogan

General Davie Chapter, NSDAR

Reverend Felix Iyoko

Shiloh Restoration Church, INC.

Jane McCormick Hogan

General Davie Chapter, NSDAR

Helen Trotter, Evelyn Yankana, & Charlene Trotter

Urban Ministries of Durham

TNVLC Key Award Winners

Individual Category

Group Category

Youth Category

Senior Category

Individual Category

DeWarren K. Langley 

Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, INC.

Group Category

DeWarren K. Langley 

Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, INC.

Youth Category

Linden James

Kids Voting Durham

Senior Category

Jane McCormick Hogan

General Davie Chapter, NSDAR

DeWarren K. Langley 

Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, INC.

Helen Trotter, Charlene Trotter, & Evelyn Yankana

Urban Ministries of Durham

Linden James

Kids Voting Durham

Jane McCormick Hogan

General Davie Chapter, NSDAR

Faith-Based Category

Perseverance Category

Lifetime Achievement

Director of Volunteers

Faith-Based Category

Reverend Felix Iyoko

Shiloh Restoration Church, INC.

Perseverance Category

Chih-Wei Chuang

Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary

Lifetime Achievement

Marco Zárate

Co-Founder of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals

Director of Volunteers

Larry E. Thomas 

Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy

Reverend Felix Iyoko

Shiloh Restoration Church, INC.

Chih-Wei Chuang

Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary

Marco Zárate

Co-Founder of the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals

Larry E. Thomas 

Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy

Wake
County
Winners

  • Mary Beerman – Horse and Buddy
  • Rosa Chrismon – SAFE Haven for Cats
  • Suzanne Comstock – Note in the Pocket
  • Marie Hopkins – SPCA of Wake County
  • Reverend Felix Iyoko – Shiloh Restoration Church, Inc.


  • Barbara Lesperance, RN – Urban Ministries of Wake County: Open Door Clinic
  • Bob Meadows – Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
  • Cora Shores – Assistance League of the Triangle Area
  • Barbara Townson – Assistance League of the Triangle Area
  • Marco A. Zárate – Co-Founder of the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals

Orange
County
Winners

  •  Dan Graham – CORA Food Pantry
  • Marcella Grendler – North Carolina Botanical Garden
  • Jane McCormick Hogan – General Davie Chapter, NSDAR
  • Walden Lechner – Orange County Disability Awareness Council
  • Mikey Muller – Musical Empowerment
  • Robert Nash – Bridge II Sports
  • Matt Newton – Ronald McDonald House-Chapel Hill
  • Wendy Schwade – Orange County Disability Awareness Council
  • Jennifer Thomason – Meals on Wheels, Orange County NC
  • Charles A. Williams – Orange County Disability Awareness Council

Durham
County
Winners

  •  Mary Bell – Duke Homestead Education & History Corporation
  • Ann Elliott – The Scrap Exchange
  • Melissa Forde – Triangle Ultimate
  • Andrew Holland – Prince Hall Masons NC
  • Linden James – Kids Voting Durham
  • David McNeill – Families Moving Forward
  •  Pauline Robinson – StepUp Durham
  • Justin Sprague – Boy Scouts of America
  • Lynn Sullivan – Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Group/Team: Helen Trotter, Evelyn Yankana, & Charlene Trotter – Urban Ministries of Durham
  • Larry E. Thomas – Thomas Mentor Leadership Academy

Program Booklet

Zoom Celebration

2021 Drive-thru Award Presentations

Your donation enables TNVLC to continue serving the greater Triangle area nonprofits & volunteers.

Thank you for supporting us this season of giving!

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