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West Virginia Department of Education Employee Honored for Volunteerism

June 20, 2005

Claudia JonesCharleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) applauds long-time employee Claudia Jones for her years of service to students and those less fortunate. The West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service announced today that Jones has been chosen as a Governor’s Service Award winner. The Governor’s Service Award is the premier award for volunteers in West Virginia. Jones will receive the award in the adult category.  

Despite the countless hours Jones dedicates to the Department of Education, she has always found time to volunteer at the YWCA Sojournor’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families. For over a half a decade, Jones has helped organize the yearly fall coat drive, participated in the annual Christmas Dinner fundraiser, and regularly donated home cooked food, canned food, baked goods, toys, clothing and much needed funds to the shelter. Through her support of Sojourner, Jones has positively impacted the futures of thousands of the most disadvantaged individuals in the Kanawha Valley.  

“I cannot think of a person more deserving of the Governor’s Service Award than Claudia Jones,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “It has been a pleasure working with her for all of these years. Her generosity and dedication have truly changed lives.”  

An awards banquet is planned for July during the State Conference on Volunteerism, National Service, and Service-Learning to recognize Jones. Jones serves as an accountant in the WVDE Office of Internal Operations. She has been with the Department since 1989.  

The Governor’s Service Awards were established in 1995 and are administered by the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service to honor outstanding individuals and groups involved in helping to solve social problems through volunteer service. A panel of volunteer judges, including past winners, chooses the winners on the basis of achievement, community needs, continuing involvement and impact of service.  

The West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service strengthens communities through service and volunteerism. The Commission administers the AmeriCorps National Service Program, serves as a clearinghouse for volunteers, supports nonprofits and develops leaders in West Virginia communities. For tickets to the awards banquet, or information about the conference, contact Moya Doneghy at (304) 558-0111 or 1-800-WV-HELPS or at mdoneghy@mail.state.wv.us .  

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