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Gov. Snyder honors local volunteers

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Gov. Rick Snyder recognized recipients of the Governor's Service Awards for their exemplary volunteer work throughout Michigan.

The evening event, titled "An Evening with the Stars," was at the Gem Theatre in Detroit on Monday evening.

"Michigan is rich with a culture of volunteerism and service that makes our state a great place to live, work, and play," Snyder said. "As we celebrate the 40 finalists who were recognized at the 2012 Governor's Service Awards, we also salute the impact and service of all of Michigan's amazing volunteers and thank them for their contributions to our state."

The Governor's Service Awards ceremony is an annual event coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state's lead agency on volunteerism.

This year's honorees were selected from more than 130 nominations submitted by friends, relatives and colleagues to pay tribute to individuals, organizations and businesses who exemplify the spirit of volunteer service.

An objective peer review panel and the board of the Michigan Community Service Commission selected the finalists and winners, with final approval of the selections from Snyder. 

Two organizations from Mid-Michigan were honored with the 2012 Governor's Service Award:  

The Mentor of the Year Award: LeeAnn Ludwig of Mount Pleasant

This award honors an individual who has made a significant difference in a child's life over time through mentoring. Ludwig has been involved with mentoring for many years. In high school, she participated in the school's Peer Mentoring Program, acting as a friend and confidant to others in her classes. Now in her adult life, Ludwig has been successfully matched with her mentee for two years through the Helping Others Prepare for Everything (H.O.P.E.) Mentoring Program. This relationship is especially significant as Ludwig's mentee has faced unique challenges as a young person previously in foster care. Despite this, Ludwig has been there for her mentee. Though her mentee has now moved away to college, Ludwig still makes the effort to maintain the mentoring relationship and has been named by her mentee as "one of the most influential people in her life.

The Outstanding Volunteer Program Award: Family Literacy Center in Lapeer

This award acknowledges the importance an organization or club makes in community life. For more than 30 years, the Family Literacy Center of Lapeer has been providing quality programing for residents of Lapeer County.

With a small paid staff of only four employees, the Center relies heavily on the support of more than 100 volunteers who act as tutors, administrators, fund raisers and more. Through the services and support provided by their volunteers, the Center is able to offer free one-on-one tutoring for Lapeer County adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, spelling, basic math, or English-speaking skills. Additionally, the program provides tutoring for local children, Parent and Child Together workshops, kindergarten readiness activities, and other hot-topic workshops that cover subjects such as bullying, social skill development and more.

In 2011, the Family Literacy Center received more than 9,000 hours of volunteer service, which allowed them to teach workshops to 1,694 people, assist 43 students in obtaining their GED, and tutor 557 adults and 58 children.

Other winners from last night include:

  • The Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism: Judge Edward Sosnick of Bloomfield Hills
  • The Corporate Community Leader Award: Amway of Ada
  • The Outstanding National Service Program Award: Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Program in Grand Rapids
  • The Senior Volunteer of the Year Award: John Hilliard of Kalamazoo
  • The Volunteer of the Year Award: Anthony Anderson of Buckley
  • The Youth Volunteer of the Year Award: Deonte Lucas of Detroit

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