Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards, administered by the State Office of Volunteerism, honors the contributions of individuals and groups in Delaware that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering. In 2018, 15,118 Delawareans of all ages volunteered through community partners with the State Office of Volunteerism, contributing 647,848 hours of service to nonprofit and community organizations. In economic terms, those volunteers contributed nearly $16 million in services to Delaware and its residents.


Nominations for the 2020 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards

are now closed. Please check back in December to view our honorees. 


On Oct. 29, 2019 more than 325 people gathered to honor the 2019 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards recipients. The event, held at Dover Downs Hotel began with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the ceremony starting at 6 p.m. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the award recipients and other attendees celebrataed with a dinner. 

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of State Service Centers, the State Office of Volunteerism, as well as the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.


The recipients of the 2019 Governors Outstanding Volunteer Service Award are:

Anthony Bosworth, New Castle County

Merry Jones, Kent County

Patrina Spiezio, Kent County



Louise Cummings, New Castle County

Robert Bolton, New Castle County

Richard Forsten, Esq., New Castle County

Thomas A. Gears, New Castle County

Susan Hannell, New Castle County

Helene Johnson, New Castle County

Ladaye Johnson, New Castle County

Thomas Jones III, New Castle County

Mary Anne Korant, New Castle County

Robert Koury, New Castle County

Sara Pletcher, Kent County

Terry Andrews, Kent County

John Austin, Kent County

Dr. Dennis Bartow, Kent County

Charles Gillean, Kent County

Joan Loewenstein, Kent County

John D. Sykes, Kent County

Diane Twining, Kent County 



Tara Quinn, New Castle County

William Collick, Kent County 

Debbie Short, Sussex County



Col. Michael McFarlin, Kent County



Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc., New Castle County

Virtual Reality Volunteers, New Castle County

Good Ole Boy Foundation, Sussex County

Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Volunteer Corps, Sussex County

Meals on Wheels Lewes - Rehoboth, Sussex County

Nanticoke Creekwatchers, Sussex County

The Glades Quilters, Sussex County