Carmel UM youth receives one

INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s most prestigious award for volunteer service has been granted to eight Hoosier organizations and individuals, including one of the state’s leading automotive companies and a United Methodist youth of Carmel.

The Governor’s Service Awards honor the exemplary work of statewide nominees on behalf of their communities and the state. The 2012 awards were issued at an awards reception Oct. 1 at the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis. At the awards ceremony, the Faith-Based Service award for 2012 was presented to the Rev. Eugene Potter of Mt. Zion Apostolic Church in Indianapolis.

As assistant pastor at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, Eugene Potter has led collaborations with numerous local organizations to serve criminal offenders from the time of their incarceration to their return to civilian life.

Other awards given included one to a United Methodist. They include:

  • Youth Volunteer Award toAmber Kriech of Carmel – Kriech started volunteering almost as soon as she could walk, first by collecting shoes for kids in third-world countries through a program at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Now in high school (with a 3.8 GPA), her numerous service works include collecting more than 4,000 food items and 2,000 books to benefit the children at the East Tenth United Methodist Church Children and Youth Center, and building a volunteer team of 45 people ages 6 to 80 who give 2,000 volunteer hours supporting homeless children through the Spiritual Life Center, a center she and her team created.
  • Volunteer Award to Krystal Shirrell of Brownsburg
  • Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award to Bob McIntosh of Jeffersonville
  • Service Learning Award to Jagdish Khubchandani, Ph.D., of Muncie
  • National Service Member Award to Judy Miller of Greencastle
  • Community of Service Award to Irvington Terrace Neighborhood of Indianapolis
  • Corporate Service Award to Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.of Lafayette