Maine Commission for Community Service Recognizes River Valley Youths with the Governor's Awards for Service & Volunteerism

Maine youth are volunteering at a rate that has earned the state recognition in national reports. It's time to shine a spotlight on the young people who are serving and changing their communities. This recognition program shows appreciation and encouragement to volunteers 18 years of age and younger. The week of April 24th is National Volunteer Week.

Three local young people have met the criteria to receive the Governor's Award for Service & Volunteerism by volunteering time at Rumford Hospital through the Junior Volunteer program over the past year and have been nominated for the award by Susan Hedrich, System Director of Volunteer Services for Central Maine Healthcare which is the parent company of Rumford Hospital, Bridgton Hospital, and Central Maine Medical Center. Students must complete at least 50 hours of volunteer service and be under 18 years of age. The students each received a certificate of recognition from the Governor's Office, a President's Volunteer Service medallion, and tickets to a Maine Red Claws game held in honor of youth volunteer recognition.

The three local students are:

Colby Volkernick of Rumford (pictured) with 294 hours of service to Rumford Hospital

Alex Ferland of Canton with 51 hours of service to Rumford Hospital

Perry Morton of Andover with 69 hours of service to Rumford Hospital