LAURINBURG — Two Scotland organizations and two county residents have received the Governor’s Service Award for volunteerism.
Wanda Livingston and Catherine McLaurin along with the Alpha Alpha Phi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and Restoring Hope Center volunteers were honored Saturday at SpringFest.
The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, groups and businesses that make significant contributions through service to the community.
Nominations were made to the Laurinburg/Scotland County Chamber of Commerce and then sent to the state to make the final picks.
The Zeta Phi Beta sorority helped with hurricane relief programs, Adopt-a-Highway, and the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Scotland County, according to president Valerie Sinclair.
“We are honored that the community recognized our hard work, but we just want to serve,” Sinclair said.
Restoring Hope Center provides food to those in need as well as computer and GED classes. the center also helps with the Summer Meals Program. Restoring Hope serves Scotland, Hoke, Richmond, and Moore counties.
“We were totally surprised to get the award,” said volunteer Sharon Quick. “We look at this as something that we get to do because the lord lets us and all the honor goes to him for letting us do his work.”
Wanda Livingston was recognized for her work with the Scotland County Humane Society. She volunteers and fosters dogs.
“I can’t say anything but good things about the Humane Society,” Livingston said. “I have a passion for animals and we have a wonderful staff at the Humane Society that makes volunteering easy.”
Catherine McLaurin, who volunteers with Scotland Regional Hospice, also expressed passion for her work.
“The things I do for hospice is out of love,” McLaurin said. “It is an easy task to do when you have a passion for something you really love and I dearly love the mission of hospice.”
McLaurin encourages people to hug others or smile.
“I took this job three years ago because I wanted to get involved in the community but I get paid to do it these people don’t and we need to recognize them,” English said. “We’re blessed to have these volunteers who have such a passion for volunteering and their community.”
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