by Terry Rogers
On Monday, March 11, Multiplying Good, which is also known as the Jefferson Awards, recognized several youth projects at Milford City Council. The projects engaged over 393 volunteers, generated 4.543 volunteer hours, impacted 32,015 lives for a financial value of over $115,000.
“All youth who submit a project are honored in a ceremony with their local mayor,” Nikki Mowbray, Program Manager for Multiplying Good in Delaware. “Each of the seven mayors selects a “Top Project, who is recognized at our Delaware Salute to Service on April 29 at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington.”
One project recognized was a Boy Scout Troop Records Rescue. The troop found a new location for City of Milford records after the basement of City Hall flooded after a storm. The troop continues to assist the City in moving the records to a safer location. A Girl Scout Troop was recognized for replacing damaged fencing and building obstacles for animals at the SPCA. Jessica Donovan was recognized for helping teach individuals to interact with recipients of the “Be Safe Milford Food Pantry.” Milford High School Jobs for Delaware Graduates received recognition for building four raised-bed gardens at the Milford Boys and Girls Club so community members can pick vegetables.
The Mayor’s Top Project for this year, which will be recognized at the Salute to Service event, was the Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club. The organization visited a local nursing home each month to complete a craft with the seniors and play bingo. The activity allowed the 4-Hers to interact with senior citizens while helping the older people use their hands, converse with visitors and improve cognitive functions.
“Each month a holiday theme is chosen so that the seniors can decorate their rooms with the craft they made,” Mowbray said. “While helping the residents, the 4-Hers learned valuable life skills and experience the importance of giving home to their neighbors.”
The Mayor’s Recognition was Phase I of the Multiplying Good LEAD360 program. In Phase II, one of the 175 projects submitted will be replicated nationally. In 2018, the project selected was Buckets of Love which was activated by over 30 groups throughout the state. The organizations filled 3,376 buckets with small toys, crafts and games to give to Delaware children in need. The project was created by Reagan and Payton, two sisters from Dover.
Although the Jefferson Awards remain in place as a prestigious award platform to recognize outstanding public service, the organization name has changed to Multiplying Good to better reflect the nearly 50 years of fueling personal growth and leadership through public service. Through a continuum that starts with engagement and culminates in recognition, Multiplying Good fuels personal growth and multiplies the power of service to others. Through recognition, they inspire individuals and those who hear their stories to deliver greater positive change.
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