Governor’s Office Honors Outstanding Volunteers

The Office of Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) presented the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30 in a Zoom meeting. The awards recognize exceptional service by community volunteers and volunteer administrators.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by non-profit agencies, community organizations, schools and other government agencies throughout the state. The award winners were selected by a panel of professional volunteer administrators representing various areas of volunteerism.

The 2020 awards are presented to:

Community Leader Award – Colonel Claude Schmid, Spartanburg
Veterans Last Patrol

Direct Service Volunteer Award – Marty Pressley-Turner, Columbia
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Volunteer Group Award – Landrum Quilters, Campobello
Agape Care of South Carolina

Youth Individual Volunteer Award – Emily Russell, Charleston
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital

Family Volunteer Award – The Foody Family, Greenville
Meals on Wheels of Greenville

Workplace Volunteer Award – ABB, Greenville
Meals on Wheels of Greenville

Legacy Volunteer Award – Mary Louis Anderson Lewis, Columbia Richland Library

Volunteer Administrator Award – Destinee Merritt, Easley
Pickens County Advocacy Center

Lanneau Siegling AmeriCorps Member of the Year – Steven Greer, Spartanburg
United Way of the Peidmont

COVID-19 Outstanding Leadership - Alex Rueda Smith, Greenville
United Ministries

To view a recording of the event visit

SCAVA was established in 1977 as the first stateside professional organization of individuals involved in coordinating volunteer programs. The mission of SCAVA is to inspire, educate and support the leaders in the profession of volunteer administration. For more information, visit

Located in the West End of downtown Greenville, United Ministries has been working for 50 years to create a community where everyone can thrive. Originally established by local congregations to meet the crisis needs of people living in poverty, the agency has evolved to focus on developing the potential each family possesses to become self-sufficient and financially independent. The agency’s integrated service model discourages dependency on charity and promotes the dignity of work. For more information on United Ministries please visit or call 864-335-2613.

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