Community Services Board has honored several outstanding community advocates
with the 2018 Jean C. Harris Award for Excellence.
the CSB at a ceremony on October 24 were Melodie Fearnow-Kenney, president of a
volunteer-run non-profit named Raise, Inc.; Frances Hubbard of the Department
of Community Resources; and New Song United Methodist Church of Mechanicsville.
starting Raise, Fearnow-Kenney has worked to establish school-based coffee
businesses in special education classrooms, involving 36 students who delivered
over 1,000 teacher coffee orders. The program enabled 54 IEP goals to be met and
the students participated in four community events. Raise, Inc. recently received
funding from the Hanover County Rotary clubs to purchase a coffee trailer so
students can take their job skills ‘on the road’ to local events.
From working with those with development disabilities at Hanover Industries to providing enrichment activities at a local group home to volunteering with the ARC of Hanover in their new Book Club, Frances Hubbard has been “an empathetic and supportive source of wisdom to almost every sector of the population that she has encountered,” said Amy Gregory, co-chair of the Harris Award committee.
New Song Methodist Church partners with Hanover Community Services and
Hanover Cares by hosting substance use prevention and suicide prevention
programming. These include “Strengthening Families”; “Hidden In Plain Sight”;
“Mental Health First Aid”; and “More than Sad.”
organization gives time and financial resources to support the implementation
of programs that directly contribute to our community in regards to mental
health,” said Anne Geddy Cross, another committee co-chair. “They also support
dozens of programs each year that relate to the health of community members
including CARITAS, Backpack Nutrition Programs, Food Pantry collection drives,
family assistance programs, home repair, blood drives and more. New Song
embodies a culture of service that supports the congregation and community's
The late Mrs. Jean C. Harris was a founding member of both the
Community Services Board (on which she served for 20 years) and Hanover
Community Support Services. The award named for her is presented annually to
individuals who exemplify the many contributions that Mrs. Harris made to the
mission, purpose and achievements of the CSB.