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Missouri celebrates service and volunteerism by recognizing students, individuals, and organizations for contributing over 3,000 service hours

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The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) recognized individuals and organizations who exemplified its mission of strengthening Missouri communities through service and volunteerism at the MCSC Annual Celebration of Service and Volunteerism at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo, yesterday, May 7. Award recipients, who made impactful contributions to their local communities by volunteering more than 3,000 service hours combined, were selected by Missouri Community Service Commissioners through a competitive review process of nominations from all across the State of Missouri.

Parallel to the Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) goal of expanding opportunities for AmeriCorps Members, the MCSC, in partnership with the Monsanto Company, recognized eight Missouri high school students, who demonstrated a commitment to community service, by providing each of them with a $1,000 scholarship for use at an institution of higher learning. Each student also received a proclamation from Governor Jay Nixon. The Commissioners and Staff of MCSC would like to express its gratitude to the Monsanto Company for continuously sponsoring the high school scholarship awards.

The 2015 MCSC/Monsanto High School Scholarship Award recipients are as follows:

  • Charles DeYoung, Webster Groves High School (St. Louis)
  • Cole Diggins, Bronaugh R-7 (Bronaugh)
  • Tyler Eads, Neosho High School (Neosho)
  • Lukas Erikson, Maryville High School (Maryville)
  • Chelsey Henry, Neosho High School (Neosho)
  • Trieva James, Osborn R-0 High School (Osborn)
  • Jesse Liu, Rolla High School (Rolla)
  • Jacob Reitinger, DeSmet Jesuit High School (St. Louis)

The following 2015 Volunteerism and Service Award recipients received a plaque:

  • AmeriCorps State Service Award

Katie Dempsey, Missouri College Advising Corps (Columbia)

Sara Levine, AmeriCorps St. Louis Safety Service Corps (St. Louis)

Mariah Opager, College Bound (St. Louis)

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Service Award

Katie Monsky, St. Louis University (St. Louis)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Award

Mission: St. Louis VISTA Umbrella (St. Louis)

  • Show-Me Service Award

Ralph Lambert (St. Paul)

The following 2015 Volunteerism and Service Award recipients received a plaque as well as a proclamation from Governor Jay Nixon:

  • Partners in Service Award

Rotary Club of Pulaski County (St. Robert)

St. Louis Social Venture Partners (St. Louis)

  • Partners in Service and Education Award

Monsanto Company

The high school scholarship recipients and Service and Volunteerism award recipients volunteered for a combined total of more than 3,000 service hours. Their volunteer activities included mission trips to Guatemala to build houses, coordinating food and clothing drives, educating and mentoring youth in STEM, providing assistance to the elderly, and environmental clean-up.

Volunteering in America, a report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, proves that “volunteering is a strong component of the fabric of our nation across all generations, enriching our communities and both the lives of those who serve as well as those who are served.” It's a win-win situation for everyone involved! The MCSC encourages all Missourians to help make our communities and neighbors safer, smarter, and healthier through service and volunteerism. Everyone can give time, which is undeniably one of the greatest gifts we can give each other.

The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) is located within the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Its mission is to connect Missourians of all ages and backgrounds in an effort to improve unmet community needs through direct and tangible service. The MCSC serves as the administrator of AmeriCorps State funding in Missouri by awarding monetary grants and providing technical assistance and support to its sub-grantees.

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