Ron and Jill Carson Receive Presidential Awards

Ron and Jill Carson received notice last week they were awarded President’s Volunteer Service Award.  The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2003 to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.  This is the first time a couple has been given this award since its inception.  Both Ron and Jill serve on or have served on several volunteer organizations with Ron serving on the 400 Years of African-American History Commission and Jill being active in several organizations including Virginia Organizing as well as being on the Town of Pennington Gap Town Council and Vice Mayor.  The dynamic duo will also be serving as facilitators for a discussion on race relations with the House and Senate. Most notably they are the founders of the Appalachian African American Cultural Center in Pennington Gap.  One thing is for sure, when there is a need they feel they can meet or fill, Ron and Jill Carson will always be ready to volunteer their time and help in any way they can.

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