David Kling earns Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Moore County

“Everybody loves David,” shared Linda Hubbard, founder and organizer of BackPack Pals of Moore County. “He’s an David Kling award photoextremely 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.                                                                           ###

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1582 or natasha.suber@monarchnc.org.