Volunteers honored for their efforts in Chatham County


Monday, May 15, the Chatham County Commissioners recognized seven individuals for being exceptional volunteers in Chatham County. The United Way of Chatham County managed and submitted the volunteer award nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Awards, with all seven nominees receiving the state-wide award. The Commissioners also gave each honoree a certificate recognizing them as a 2022 Chatham County Exceptional Volunteer.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to each of the 2022 Chatham County Exceptional Volunteers and recipients of the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards: Bob Goetze, CORA; Michael Hobbs, Partnership for Children; Marylou Mackintosh, Council on Aging; Mary Nettles, East Chatham NAACP; Rosemary Szydlek, Council on Aging; Johnny Shaw, Council on Aging; and Connolly Walker, Rotary Club of Pittsboro.

“Volunteerism is an important part of the proud history of community service in Chatham County,” United Way Executive Director Katie Childs said. “It is our honor to recognize our neighbors who truly make a difference in the lives of others.”

Since 1998, United Way has coordinated the Chatham County Outstanding Volunteer Awards to recognize individuals who selflessly give their time, talent and expertise to benefit the residents of our community. Chatham County community members make up the local Volunteer Nomination Review Committee that reviews the nomination forms, selects the honorees and plans local recognition activities. The committee also selects Chatham County’s nominees to be considered for recognition on the state level. The United Way of Chatham County Volunteer Center coordinates this effort with the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.