On February 25, Savannah SCORE Volunteer Jess Belfry received the 2021 President's Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her work as the Head Chair of the Advisory Board of the SD Gunner Fund. The SD Gunner Fund was founded in 2015 and serves veterans, exceptional children, and first responders and their families. It is a woman-owned non-profit orgainzation. They are best known for the training and support they provide for service and therapy dogs. In 2020, their therapy dogs serviced over 33,000 local children.
Jess was also recognized with a Gold Service Award from the Fund for her outstanding work on the Board and her creation of the "Savannah Carnaval" event, voted the Best Fundraising Event by the Bryan County News two years in a row.
Savannah SCORE Chair, Michael Siegel, said, "Jess is a successful "serial entrepreneur", Savannah SCORE Vice-Chair, Women's Event Coordinator, and the Chapter's 2020 "Rookie of the Year". We are incredibly proud of her for the outstanding work she does for our community through SCORE, the SD Gunner Fund, and other worthy causes."
About the President's Volunteer Service Award:
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award 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. Led by the AmeriCorps and managed in partnership with Points of Light, the PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.