Governor Purdue Recognizes Monarch’s Volunteers

Jim Kelley, chief operating officer of Monarch’s Central and West Division, is grateful to his team for their efforts. “We are so proud of our Monarch staff for offering and facilitating opportunities for those we support to give back. Volunteering is a great inclusion opportunity and dispels the myth that folks with disabilities are takers. Congratulations to our volunteers. They really earned this recognition.”

A few organizations which benefitted from Monarch’s time and efforts include Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Croatan Animal Rescue, New Bern Police and Fire Departments, Vanceboro Christian Help Center, Religious Community Services, American Red Cross, New Bern Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, New Bern Breakfast Rotary, Two Rivers Healthcare, Britthaven Assisted Living, New Bern Civic Theatre, the Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Childcare Network, Pitt Memorial Hospital, Spring of Living Water Church, Wahl Coates Elementary School, Farmville Library, Universal Health Care Hospice, and Lost and Found Youth Center.

Monarch volunteers are always looking for opportunities to share their abilities and make a difference for people in the communities where they live.

Monarch volunteer Lakeshia T. believes that she brings “hope” when she delivers for Meals on Wheels. Melvin B. enjoys “helping people that cannot get out [of their home].” Donna S. feels that “It’ll make them feel a lot better if we can deliver a simple meal.” The participants are already working toward surpassing last year’s hours.

Organizations interested in working with Monarch volunteers should contact Eileen Bress at or 252-617-7407.

Monarch provides support and resources to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues throughout North Carolina. Monarch is a nonprofit and is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch helps “dreams take flight” for people living in our communities, please call 1-800-230-7525 or visit online at