RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An area school division has been recognized for its efforts in promoting volunteerism and community service.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the recipients of the 2023 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards on Monday.

According to a release, this program spotlights the outstanding efforts of individual volunteers and organizations and their contributions on behalf of citizens across Virginia.

“The resilience, generosity, and commitment of these volunteers exemplify the best of Virginia,” said Youngkin. “It is my pleasure to recognize these honorees for the positive impact they have had in our Commonwealth and in the lives of their fellow Virginians. Each honoree has made an impressive impact in their community and made life better for Virginians.” 

Leaders from across the Commonwealth gathered to recognize the people and organizations honored.

“The individuals honored here, along with the countless other residents who contribute their time to the service of their local communities, are an inspiration to us all,” said Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Commissioner Danny Avula. “The energy given by these exemplary people collectively helps ensure a better tomorrow for those in our communities and across the Commonwealth.” 

The Louisa County Public Schools division was recognized as the Outstanding Education Organization for its commitment to academic excellence, which extends to include volunteerism and community service.

The division’s efforts are credited with having a positive impact on the lives of people across Louisa County, and this fostering of a culture of giving back, encouraging others to join in, and strengthening bombs between residents, schools and local organizations creates a more connected and supportive community.

Some of the activities for which the division was recognized include a clean-up initiative along 36 miles of roadways, the 2022 Holiday Toy Drive, volunteer drives supporting the Louisa County Resources Council’s Meals of Hope program, and the LCPS Kindness Rally.

Other honorees include Evan Nied of Planting Shade, Meghan McLees at the University of Mary Washington, Nancy Feldner of Bailey’s Crossroads, Robert Schnapp of Reston, Frank and Mae Antkievicz of Hanover County, the Berry family of Harrisonburg, the Virginia Beach Medical Reserve Corps, the Salem Area Ecumenical Ministries, Blazer Heating, Air and Plumbing of Hanover and King William counties, and McKesson Medical-Surgical of Richmond.

For more information on all of these honorees, click here.