LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – KARK has presented the 2019 Community Service Awards.
We’re airing the taped ceremony on the KARK 4 News website at 7 p.m. on Thursday (May 2).
The awards, now in their 42nd year, were presented April 25 at the Governor’s Mansion in the Grand Hall.
Individual Honoree – Nancy Brisher, Alma, advocates for and mentors youth in foster care through her involvement with CASA of Sebastian County, The CALL, and the River Valley Adoption Coalition. Over her twelve years of service, Nancy has organized adoption fairs, trained prospective foster parents, developed a mentoring program for youth who have aged-out of foster care and increased community awareness of the obstacles facing youth in foster care.
Youth Humanitarian Honoree – Sydney Dumond, DeWitt, is a Gold Award Girl Scout earning the top honor by ensuring all 1668 homes and business in her community followed 9-1-1 address marking regulations. Utilizing a wide range of tactics, including social media and collaboration with real estate agents and local newspapers, Sydney made certain that in an emergency not a second would be wasted due to a poorly marked address.
Young Professional Honoree – Kelsey Bell, Little Rock, educates communities and college campuses on suicide prevention resources with the Arkansas Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She organizes “Out of the Darkness” community walks and manages the chapter’s social media pages, working to reduce the stigma of depression and increase community awareness of suicide warning signs and where to seek help.
National Service Honoree – Shelby Morrow, Little Rock, completed three service terms as an AmeriCorps national service member at Our House Shelter. As an AmeriCorps Summer VISTA and Youth Program AmeriCorps, Shelby brought enrichment activities, including visual arts programming, to over 100 homeless and near-homeless youth. In her third term of service as the Development VISTA she was responsible for bringing in $850,000 in funding, impacting the lives of more than 3,000 people and families served by Our House’s programs and partnerships.