Monarch’s Health Drive receives the 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Craven County

“This award is a fantastic honor that showcases the hard work of our individuals and staff,” said Erma Brault, site supervisor at Health Drive in New Bern. “It tells us the local community has noticed the difference we make. Melvin B. one individual supported said it better than I ever could with three simple words: “I love it!” ”

The Health Drive volunteers also visit with seniors at area nursing centers and assisted living facilities to spend time with elder residents who may not get regular visitors.

Health Dr -small“The entertainment by Monarch is refreshing to my residents,” said Judy Tune, Carebridge’s activities director. “They were giving it their all – and performed in the ¬finest of ability and did over 100 percent with pride and enthusiasm. We are all looking forward to their next visit soon.”

On April 16, local elected officials, dignitaries and members from the New Bern Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Council held a special ceremony to congratulate the volunteers and present them with their prestigious Governor’s Award. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. The proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by the Office of the Governor in 1979.

The volunteers at Health Drive are among the dozens of people with disabilities supported by Monarch who gave their talent, energy and time in 2012 – exactly 35,152.17 hours of their time. From the mountains to the coast, that dedication and level of service to communities across the state yielded an economic impact of $660,860.80, according to the Independent Sector, a national organization that estimates the value of volunteer time for North Carolina at $18.80 per service hour.

Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges from more than 50 North Carolina counties. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency 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 or visit
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