Press Release from Lenoir County Alliance for a Healthy Community May, 2017
For immediate release: Contacts: Constance Hengel, 252-522-7028, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Joey Huff 252-526-4212, email@example.com
Kinston- The Lenoir County Alliance for a Healthy Community today announced the recipient of the Healthy Community Hero Award. Individuals or organizations are being recognized for demonstrating excellence through a project or program of action within recent history that results in exemplary effort and impact in improving the health of the community.
Ms. Victoria Kosinski is recognized as an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a remarkable passion with positive work results in her community. Ms. Kosinski is a graduating senior at Kinston High School and a recent North Carolina recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Girl Scouts Gold Service Award. She plans to attend Lenoir Community College in the fall and pursue a career in a Human Services field.
The Healthy Community Hero Award was made to Ms. Kosinski specifically for the work that she provided in assisting in renovation of the new SAFE House for women and children experiencing domestic crisis. Ms. Kosinski stated that she wanted those living at SAFE House to have the feeling of a secure and loving environment. Her personal time was spent coordinating placement of materials and items to enhance the new home. Working with Sue Proctor, executive director of SAFE they remodeled a donated doctor’s office sitting vacant in Kinston. The home provides structure and a supportive environment with 24/7 staffing. Rehabilitative and wrap around services are provided that build stronger and self-sufficient families. Courtney Boyette, nominator says, “Most teenagers spent last summer having fun on vacations, but Victoria spent her entire summer break and the beginning of the fall of 2016 of her senior year, dedicated to this project.” She worked countless hours, recruited volunteers, brought in donations, and sought out agencies/organizations that would offer services, construction, cleaning supplies, landscaping, furniture, appliances, toys, books and clothing. She adds, “It was an extensive undertaking and brought residents together and provided a real impact in Lenoir County. Victoria is an amazing young lady and SAFE is reaping the benefits of her good work.”
Nominations for the Healthy Community Hero Award are accepted through a simple nomination process. A nomination form may be obtained by going to http://www.facebook.com/
The Lenoir County Alliance for a Healthy Community is a an umbrella community coalition that seeks to improve quality of life through promoting healthy living for all residents in Lenoir County by partnering with private, public, grassroots organizations and individual citizens. This group encourages a healthier community through facilitation of increased knowledge of community resources and initiatives, utilizing networking and collaboration to decrease barriers for an optimally healthy community. Started in 1999 and recognized as a certified Healthy Carolinians task force in 2000, the group includes representatives from dozens of community agencies. The Alliance meets ten months a year at 8:30 am on the fourth Tuesdays at the NC Veterans Home, and serves as an advisory committee for several local organizations. Invitation is open to the community.