It hasn’t been that long since this “God’s Writer Girl” physically relocated from beautiful North Carolina, to scenic and equally beautiful Tennessee, but a lot of changes have already occurred. However one of them that will NEVER change is my dedication and love for my Wilmington Faith and Values Family; also known as: www.WilminngtonFAVS.com Or to some, simply just “FAVS” The online publication is under the umbrella of the Religion News Network and covers a variety of issues, events and impacting matters, but as Christian Writers. While living in Wilmington, NC I was honored and blessed to be on the “FAVS Team” by the always, humble, but Award Winning Editor/Community Manager Amanda Greene. Upon deciding to leave NC, this strong and talented, Woman of God invited me to a Bon Voyage Lunch. “She had no idea the real treat was to sit once again and her knee and drink the wisdom and vision that she openly shares for our beloved FAVS.” She is and always will be respected and revered by this Writer, simple for the honest, hard work and dedication that she continues to pour into WilmingotnFAVS. (Really) A swell as being such a good friend to me and always letting me know that she is only a click, text or phone call away, if needed. “Did I mention how she personally introduced me to the other FAVS Team members? Well there is much sincere and positive things to say about Ms. Amanda Greene and the rest of the FAVS Family, but unfortunately time is fleeting and WilmingtonFAVS is in dire need of support to stay afloat. Oh yes, then there is that really cool and deserving, Cape Fear Volunteer Center presented the Writers of Wilmington Faith & Values – all 38 of them – with the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award (Governor Pat McCrory, D NC) *For more about how you too can “Help Us Save Our FAVS” please see: www.WilmingtonFAVS.com Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reprint of the WilmingtonFAVS Article/Press Release:
At the annual New Hanover County Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony Monday night (April 28), Cape Fear Volunteer Center presented the Writers of Wilmington Faith & Values – all 38 of them – with the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award.
This well-deserved award highlighted for their work — all unpaid — writing about beliefs, politics, service organizations, nonprofits and for forwarding interfaith dialogue in southeastern North Carolina.
Editor and community manager Amanda Greene is the only paid employee with the FAVS site, an affiliate of the national Religion News Service.
As the nomination letter stated:
“Some are professors, teachers, ministers, stay-at-home moms and entrepreneurs. They demonstrate their leadership qualities by volunteering to put their views and opinions online every week.
They aren’t communicating solely with their own places of worship but are willing to be out in the community telling their story supporting others who may not hold the same faith they do. FAVS writers desire to bring unity in a world with more questions than answers.”
Among the other award winners were a Special Recognition for Community Service for The Egg Crew of Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, a Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award for Mt. Olive AME Church After School Tutoring Program: the Rev. Anthony Watson, Pastor, and Dorothy DeShields, Coordinator and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Book Drive: the Rev. Shawn Blackwelder, a Governor’s Medallion for Director of Volunteers for Annie Anthony, Cape Fear Volunteer Center and the Governor’s Medallion of Honor for Wilmington Junior League members Angie Brewer and Mary Heidenrich.
“I have watched these wonderful writers not only grow in their craft over the past two and a half years, but I’ve been even more humbled by the spiritual conversations they have together about issues they might not agree on,” Greene said. “But the writers walk away understanding each other more fully, and that allows our readers to feel at home sharing their beliefs as well.”
As the nominators underscored in their initial letter: “The writers share their humanity which makes this website
Andy Lee and Jenny Morris, bloggers with Wilmington Faith & Values, accepted the award on behalf of the entire group.
Shown in Amanda Green’s Courtesy Photo:
Andy Lee and Jenny Morris, bloggers with Wilmington Faith & Values, accepted the award on behalf of the entire group. (Photo by Amanda Greene)
More than a news publication, It beats with the heart of normal people just wanting to make a difference in their world using the gift and talents they’ve been given.”