Winrock International Honors Volunteers with PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD A Prestigious National Honor for Volunteer Service

Homestead, Florida – Winrock International today announced it has awarded 126 volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

Established in 2003, the Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups, and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. As one of the thousands of Certifying Organizations participating in the Award program, Winrock International confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.

Winrock has a long history of international volunteer service, and more than 200 volunteers have been known to perform volunteer service each year on behalf of the organization.

Dr. Daniel Carrillo from the University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center is one of such volunteers. Contributing over 100 hours of volunteer service on international assignments for Winrock’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Myanmar, Daniel demonstrates how local citizens can truly make a difference in today’s world. Daniel contributed two weeks of volunteer service in Myanmar, helping tropical food growers improve their pest management practices.

Volunteers find these assignments to be personally and professionally rewarding. Helping people help themselves is a contribution that makes sense. The assignments provide great opportunities to learn about other cultures and establish international collaborations that enrich the volunteer’s professional development.

DeAnn McGrew, Director of Agriculture and Volunteer Programs at Winrock explains, “Volunteerism is a core American value. It connects us to our neighbors, whether they are local or global, and gives us an opportunity to use our skills for a greater good. As a Certifying Organization for the Award program, Winrock International is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives.”

The Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. The Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

For more information about volunteering for Winrock International, please visit their website www.winrock.org/volunteer.

For more information about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

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