SCAVA Volunteer Administrator of the Year
Awarded to a SCAVA member who is involved in volunteer administration and demonstrates exemplary service to their community, SCAVA, and its affiliates; the profession of volunteer administration; and their agency or organization.
Working through United Way of Anderson County, Brandy is the Program Director of AmeriCorps. She supervises members located at several sites throughout Anderson County. Brandy has developed a volunteer management program that has been recognized at the state level and has mentored other managers throughout the state. Her proven effectiveness has resulted in additional AmeriCorps funding through the Ready Corps Program related to Emergency Preparedness for the local community. Brandy is also very active in the community, volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem, Vice Chair of TRISCAVA, SCAVA Board member, and is a member of the Sister Cities Board of Directors. Brandy was nominated by Dayle Stewart of ReBuild Upstate.
- 2017 Brandy Singleton – United Way of Anderson County, Anderson
- 2016 Jaclyn Pinkham – Miracle Hill Ministries, Greenville
- 2015 Sharon Pinckney – SC Department of Juvenile Justice, Columbia
- 2014 Janice Lovinggood – Oconee County Public Library, Walhalla
- 2013 Jennifer Shurley – Clemson University, Clemson
- 2012 Marlene Gantt – SC Department of Juvenile Justice, Columbia
- 2010 Elaine Fleming – Main Street Events, Greenville
- 2009 Sonia Donnelly – Trident United Way 211, Charleston
Community Leader Volunteer
An individual who has provided broad and exceptional leadership to causes, programs and / or projects that address human needs.
Maria McMurtury has dedicated her entire life to helping others. In 1997, she opened a restaurant and gift shop in Whitmire where she started the first Community Outreach Program to provide food and other assistance to those in need. Through RSVP of the Midlands, she serves as the site director of the Whitmire Mobile Food Pantry. She has spearheaded the organization and development of Whitmire’s Economic Development Committee, resulting in increased tourism and employment for the local area. As a board member of Keep Newberry County Beautiful, she works with the local schools teaching young adults to promote a healthy environment by cleaning up streets and raising money to plant green spaces. Ms. McMurtury has provided the foundation and character to revitalize the City of Whitmire and Newberry County. Maria was nominated by Richard Scott Cain, Newberry County Council, and Beverly Brandt, Senior Resources / RSVP Program of the Midlands.
Direct Service Volunteer
An individual who has excelled in providing direct, one-on-one service to an individual, organization, or the community; demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative.
For six years, Valerie Robertson has served as a mentor to women in recovery and in the homeless shelter at Miracle Hill Ministries. She is a listener, teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend. Her long-term commitment and investment in the lives of these women give them hope for the future and encouragement to persevere on their journey of healing. Valerie is also responsible for recruiting additional volunteer mentors from her church community, helping others to experience the satisfaction of volunteer service. Valerie was nominated by Sandy Furnell, Miracle Hill Ministries.
Workplace Agency / Association
A corporation, business or trade association that has demonstrated commitment to the community by supporting volunteer activities.
UPS Inside Sales has proven to be one of the most dedicated corporate partners in recent Meals on Wheels history. They deliver a meal route one day a week, package meals one morning every month, and routinely substitute for other volunteer drivers – often on a last-minute request. They are regular, enthusiastic participants in Hands on Greenville Day, United Way of Greenville County’s annual community service day, and eagerly work throughout the year to raise money for United Way and other organizations. They are a consistent, reliable, and dedicated partner in the Upstate. UPS Inside Sales was nominated by Julie Accetta and Catriona Carlisle, Meals on Wheels Greenville County.
A family who has provided broad and exceptional leadership to causes, programs and / or projects that address human needs.
The Alexander Family has been involved with United Way of Oconee and other areas of their community for the last ten years. They organize back-to-school supply drives and host Christmas celebrates for needy families served by the Department of Social Services. They also volunteer with their local church, the Boy Scouts, and the local volunteer fire department. The Alexanders were nominated by Sandra Pruitt, Family Friends Program, Oconee DSS.
Youth Individual Volunteer
An individual age 19 or younger, who has excelled in service to an individual, organization, or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative. The voluntary nature of the service is a critical factor.
Nicole Alexander has been a regular volunteer at the Salem branch of the Oconee County Public Library since 2014. She shelves and organizes books and assists staff with public programs. Her willing attitude and great work ethic is invaluable to the small staff at the library. She brings excellence to every task. Nicole was nominated by Daniel Polk, Oconee County Public Library.
An individual who has been involved as a volunteer with 15 years or longer of continual voluntary service and has excelled in service to an individual, organization or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative. Service can be with either one or more agencies.
Hazel Clarke has been a volunteer with Lexington Interfaith Community Services since its founding in 1982. She regularly staffs the thrift store and the mobile food pantry and picks up bread for distribution to needy families. She reads to school children and distributes new books through the Bucks for Books program in the local schools. She has personally created the agency’s annual plant sale, featuring plans that she roots and pots from her own garden. Hazel is always ready to offer extra help where needed. Hazel was nominated by Kitti Clayton, Lexington Interfaith Community Services.
A group that has been instrumental in designing or sponsoring a program or project to benefit an individual, organization, or the community, demonstrating and performing with commitment and initiative.
The Patient Representative Volunteers at Roper St. Francis Hospital serve the community with great commitment. Since 2005, this team of high-level, kind-hearted, patient, generous volunteers have been making hospitality rounds to the patients of Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. They assist patients with daily tasks, mark special occasions with balloons and treats, and entertain children during family visits. They are there during end-of-life decisions and are present at bedsides and ICU waiting rooms. This highly trained team of volunteers make a real difference helping patients and families during the difficult hospital experience. The Patient Representative Volunteers of Charleston were nominated by Keith Riddle, Roper St. Francis Hospital.
Lanneau Siegling Americorps Member of the Year
An outstanding AmeriCorps member serving in a South Carolina AmeriCorps State program whose efforts go beyond the standard expectations of the Corporation for National and Community Service. (Selected by the South Carolina Commission for National and Community Service.)
Derek Dustin, a US Army veteran, is the 2016 Lanneau Siegling South Carolina AmeriCorps Member of the Year for his service to his community. As a member of The Sustainability Institute’s (TSI) Conservation Corps – Veterans Initiative, Derek and his fellow team members make income-qualified homes in the community more energy efficient. Through his service with TSI, Derek has excelled in home energy performance testing and work site leadership through guiding his team of fellow veterans as Assistant Team Leader. He takes an active role in recruiting fellow members for the program, spreading the mission of TSI through veterans-specific partner agencies and developing his own personal goals for life after AmeriCorps service.