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Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.This past year these volunteers donated a total of 16,097 hours!
Last year, the 133 Outer Banks Group volunteers donated over 11,626 hours providing interpretive programs and information desk services, 2,214 hours to assisting natural and cultural resource management, and 1,693 hours to host park campgrounds.The total volunteer hours are equivalent to more than seven full time, year-round employees.
"National Park Service volunteers have and continue to be remarkable assets to our park system and its mission to protect our most prized resources," stated Superintendent David Hallac."The work that Outer Banks Group volunteers of all ages perform makes a significant difference to the preservation of our parks for future generations and serves to enhance the experience of our visitors.On behalf of the Outer Banks Group, I want to thank each of you for your time, dedication and hard work over the years."
Several local volunteers received special recognition including:Fred Hattman, 6,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers National Memorial);Sherry Atkinson, 2,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Cape Hatteras NS);Bruce Smith, 1,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Cape Hatteras NS);and Jane Vercruysse, 1,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Cape Hatteras NS).
Volunteers who received the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Award include:James Bryant (Wright Brothers NMEM), Fred Hattman (Wright Brothers NMEM), Elizabeth Isajewicz (Cape Hatteras NS), Dennis Pohl (Wright Brothers NMEM), Cara Strachan (Wright Brothers NMEM), Buddy Ward (Cape Hatteras NS), and Cynthia Ward (Cape Hatteras NS).