COLUMBUS – ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism, honored 10 outstanding volunteers, volunteer groups and service initiatives across the state during National Volunteer Week April 18-24. A cash award of $1,000 was issued to each awardee to support the organization that benefited from their service.
In southeast Ohio, winners included the Buckeye Trail Association in Shawnee. The BTA is a volunteer-led nonprofit founded in 1959 that creates and maintains the Buckeye Trail, a statewide hiking trail spanning over 1,400 miles.
On average, BTA volunteers from across Ohio donate 10,000 hours per year to maintain and market the trails, recruit volunteers and help run special events. BTA volunteers also host many training opportunities for conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts, including National Park Service-standard trail building trainings, first aid, and sessions that empower community members to adopt their own section of the trail and to recruit and mobilize volunteers.
This year, the ServeOhio Awards, made possible through support from the American Electric Power Foundation, recognized the many contributions of volunteers and organizations that have helped their local communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.