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Governor Whitmer names Jocelyn Hines Youth Volunteer of the Year

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, left, and Jocelyn Hines.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, and we’re incredibly excited to say that Jocelyn Hines has been named Youth Volunteer of the Year!

Jocelyn, the former Program Officer at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, was one of 43 winners of the awards, which are presented to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

A passionate advocate for women, people of color, and prosperity in our community, Jocelyn is a Michigan State University alumnus and a natural-born leader who has dedicated her life to organizing strong community neighborhoods and being a bold voice for social justice. She created the Muskegon Young Black Professionals, a group that has become a safe space for young professionals of color to network and develop their skills in a professional workforce, and she has spent hundreds of hours serving our community leading the discussion for change.

“Our state is lucky to have such outstanding Michiganders who work hard every single day to build a home for opportunity for everyone,” Governor Whitmer said in the statement announcing the awards. “Whether it’s uplifting our neighborhoods or bringing communities together when tragedy strikes, they do this work even when nobody’s looking because they know that every contribution makes a huge impact.   I’m proud to present the Governor’s Service Awards to this year’s recipients as recognition of their sacrifice and dedication throughout our state.”

Jocelyn and the other award recipients will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission at 7pm on Thursday. Sept. 5 at the Detroit Opera House. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, please click here.

To read more about the awards, you can click here, and to learn more about Jocelyn, please go here.

Congratulations, Jocelyn; you inspire us every day and we are deeply fortunate to have you advocating for our community!