By Terry Rogers
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Irv Ambrose was awarded the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for Community Service. Mr. Ambrose was nominated for the award by Sara Kate Hammer, President of Downtown Milford, Inc.
“Irv has been an active volunteer for Downtown Milford and instrumental in making Milford a better place for all citizens,” Ms. Hammer said. “He has dutifully served the residents and business owners of downtown Milford in a multitude of roles all focused on making Milford a better place for all citizens and visitors.”
Renee P. Beaman, Director of the Division of State Service Centers, said that volunteerism enhances the sense of community and compliments what many state agencies are able to do. Senator Chris Coons, who received a Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1999, said that one of the reasons he is proud to represent Delaware is the sense of community that exists throughout the state and much of that is due to the spirit of volunteerism.
“Since 2010, the number of volunteers in this state has grown by one-third,” Senator Coons said. “But it is not the numbers that matter. What matters is the volunteers throughout the state, those being recognized tonight as well as the thousands that give of their time throughout the state every day. I am glad to be from a state where we work together, where we know each other. When we take a moment to help another person, we don’t ask their political affiliation or ask who they voted for in the last election. We see someone who needs help and we provide them with that help.”
Mr. Ambrose joined Terri Nellans Brown of Mom’s House in Dover who also received an award for Community Service. Awards were also given categories that included Arts and Culture, Community Service, Education and Literacy, Environment, Health and Special Needs, Healthy Futures, Human Needs, Social Justice & Advocacy, Public Safety, as well as Veterans and Military Families.
“When I won the election in 2008, the economy was struggling,” Governor Jack Markell said. “Instead of an Inaugural Ball, my wife, Carla, and I decided to hold a Week of Service. We have continued that week every year since. I am so proud that I get to spend my life with a woman who is such a great promoter of volunteerism. This is my favorite event of the year, giving out these awards. The impact all of you have on this state is incredible. I cannot imagine what Delaware would be like without you and it makes me proud to know that we take care of each other.”
Mr. Ambrose said that he was surprise and humbled to receive the award. He said that it was not something he was expecting.
“You don’t do these things for recognition,” Mr. Ambrose said. “You do it because you feel it is the right thing to do. I do what I do because I feel like it is the right thing to do and I am very grateful to be honored by the governor for doing something that I enjoy.”
Mr. Ambrose could not attend the award ceremony. His award was accepted by his daughters, Jen Ambrose Blanchard and Amy Ambrose.
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