Bonner Leaders Program Receives State Award for Service to Region
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2011 [4:14 PM]
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear presents the 2010 Youth Volunteer
at the Governor's Mansion. From left: LWC Vice President of Student
Enrollment Management Dean Adams; LWC Bonner Leader Zack Smith of
Ky.; LWC Director of Civic Engagement and Student Leadership and
Co-Director of the
Bonner Leader Program Amy Thompson-Wells; LWC Bonner Leader
of Somerset, Ky.; Beshear; and Cabinet for Health and Family
Commissioner Eric Friedlander.
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
Bonner Leaders program was honored Thursday for its service to the
The LWC Bonners Leader program received the 2010 Youth Volunteer
Service Award, presented at the Governor's Awards for Volunteerism
and Service awards ceremony, held at the Governor's Mansion.
"This is a wonderful award for our college because it recognizes
the contributions made by our students to surrounding communities,"
said LWC Director of Civic Engagement and Student Leadership and
Co-Director of the Bonner Leader Program Amy Thompson-Wells. "The Bonner leader program
distinguishes Lindsey Wilson as a college committed to improving
its community. The first phone call people in the community make
when they need volunteers is to the Bonner Leaders."
Founded in 2005, the LWC Bonner Leaders program has expanded from eight
to 56 students who serve at 15 community partner sites. Each
student commits to 215-300 hours of service during the academic
year. Many students have give more than 1,000 hours at their
community partner sites.
The Bonner Leaders assist with literacy programs, tutoring and
mentoring, and other service events that raise awareness of issues
such as poverty, education and the environment.
The Bonner Leaders' work with Camp Casey after-school program at
Colonel William Casey School earned the program the 2007 statewide
Bridges Over Barrier Best Partner Non-Profit Award. The award is
presented for exceptional contribution and commitment to the 21st
Century Community Learning Centers and the students they serve.
Now in its 16th year under the direction of the Kentucky
Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, the Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service
awards recognize individuals and groups who serve communities
across the commonwealth.
The Commission on Community Volunteerism and
Service is a statewide 25-member bipartisan group appointed by
the governor and charged with engaging citizens in community
service opportunities that enable volunteers, organizations and
businesses to share ideas and collaborate to address the state's