Gastonia, N.C. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.
The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Each county selects up to ten individuals, businesses, groups/teams and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their  outstanding contributions to their communities. One of the nominees can be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to approximately the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

“This serves as a significant opportunity to honor local Gaston County citizens that give their time and talent to provide service to our local community,” said Andrea Stephens, United Way of Gaston County. By sharing their stories and commitment to make an impact, please consider nominating volunteers for their support and ongoing dedication to serve. Nominations can be made online at

Additionally, nomination forms are available in Gaston County from United Way of Gaston County, 200 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, the United Way of Gaston County website, or by calling 704-864-4554 ext. 106.

Applications must be received no later than January 31, 2023. If the application is mailed, please return the completed forms to: Awards Coordinator, NC Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, United Way of Gaston County, 200 East Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC 28052.

Ways to nominate individuals, businesses, or groups for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award:

● Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Website:
● Contact the United Way of Gaston County Office. 704.864.4554 ext. 106
● E-mail Gaston County Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Coordinator Barbara Yarbrough,

For additional Information
Contact: Andrea Stephens, President
United Way of Gaston County
Phone: 704.864.4554 Ext. 106