Catholic Charities West Virginia Volunteer Quenton Northcraft to Receive Prestigious 2024 Governor’s Service Award

Catholic Charities West Virginia is thrilled to announce that Quenton “Q” Northcraft, a dedicated and extraordinary volunteer, will be honored with a 2024 Governor’s Service Award. This prestigious accolade recognizes his outstanding contributions to the Wheeling community.

On Thursday, June 13th, Q Northcraft will be celebrated at the annual Governor’s Service Awards dinner held at the Culture Center at the State Capitol. Since its inception in 1995, the Governor’s Service Awards have recognized individuals and groups demonstrating exceptional commitment to volunteerism and community service in West Virginia. Q will be receiving his award in the Senior Category.

Q Northcraft, a retiree, dedicates four to five days each week to volunteering at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in Wheeling. His invaluable contributions range from coordinating resources for the unhoused and delivering meals to mentoring volunteers and organizing the food pantry. His creativity, problem-solving skills, and unwavering dedication have significantly impacted both the staff and clients at the Neighborhood Center.

One of Q’s notable initiatives was reaching out to local businesses to secure donations of insulated floor pads and solar lights for the unhoused, ensuring they did not have to sleep on the cold ground. His proactive approach extends to taking clients to medical appointments and job interviews, furnishing apartments, purchasing clothing, and providing one-on-one skills training.

Beyond his work at the Neighborhood Center, Q is deeply involved in various other community initiatives. He volunteers at St. Michael’s Church and School, the Mother Jones Center for Resilient Community, and mentors both adults and youth through multiple community organizations. His leadership, kindness, and positive demeanor have earned him the respect and admiration of everyone who knows him.

The Governor’s Service Awards are administered by Volunteer West Virginia, the State’s Commission for National and Community Service. Recipients are chosen by a volunteer review committee based on achievement, community needs, continuing involvement, creativity, and impact of service.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 pm at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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