February – Human Relations Month
February is National Human Relations Month, where communities across the country take time out to celebrate diversity, lift up the needs of the less fortunate and closely examine community programs that enhance the quality of life in their cities and towns. This is also the time when the City of Wilson Human Relations office recognizes local individuals and groups for their volunteer service in the community to make Wilson a better place to live. These citizens are recognized and rewarded at our annual Human Relations banquet, held the fourth Friday of the month in February.
48th Human Relations Awards Banquet
Friday, February 22, 2019
Darden Alumni Center
1600 Lipscomb Road
$15 tickets may be purchased at the Human Relations Office located at
104 Goldsboro Street-City Hall Annex
Cash or Check only
Nominations are now open for:
- Humanitarian of the Year – bestowed upon an individual who has unselfishly gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the disadvantaged of the community.
- Youth on the Move – for an individual or group of young citizens (K-12th grade) with a high level of community involvement, leadership, or volunteerism.
- Inspirational Volunteer – recognizing an individual volunteer that inspires others to participate.
- Good Neighbor – for an individual or group making contributions to a specific Wilson neighborhood.
- Community Initiative – for an individual or group that has initiated a new program that helped or improved the Wilson community.
- Community Spirit – for a group that gives back through community volunteer service or projects
Nominations are due by Thursday, January 31, 2019. Nomination forms can be printed by clicking the link below or you may pick up a copy in the office. You can request an electronic copy by contacting the Human Relations office at 252-399-2308.
Paul Lee Stevens Award – Humanitarian of the Year
Congratulations to our 2018 Humanitatian of the Year!
Neill Connor – Volunteer director of the Community Soup Kitchen, a private, all-volunteer endeavor to provide a free, hot meal to anyone in need five days a week. The soup kitchen has approximately 170 weekly volunteers serving about 90 meals a day. As the director, Neill is responsible for fundraising, recruiting and training volunteers and securing food sources. He lead the efforts to purchase land, build a new location and furnish the kitchen and dining room, which was accomplished debt-free due to support, donations and his stewardship of community resources.
Community Treasure Awards 2018 winners
Good Neighbor – Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church – started a food distribution pantry in 2014 and has assisted more than 6,500 families reaching more than 17,000 people. Their unique “Stop and Shop” approach allows families to shop around the pantry and pick out the food they need. They also specialize in low sugar and healthy foods for diabetics. The Wednesday night program is family oriented. The food bank is also a partner with Wilson County Department of Social Services to assist in crises.
Inspirational Volunteer – Crissy Oravits – partnered with others to host the Music Kids Foundation event raising awareness and funds for music therapy for specials needs children. She has also mentored students in videography, voice and stage performance. Crissy has served on the Downtown Development Board and served as emcee for Share the Dream Talent Show.
Community Spirit – Wilson Medical Center – partnered with the NC Whirligig Festival to emphasize “Keeping Fit @ The Festival” reaching out to more than 40,000 people. They provided prizes for festival goers that counted their steps while at the festival. The hospital also hosted healthy food educational information and displays during the festival. Through sponsorship, they brought the Whirligig Warrior Course to Wilson where thousands of families participated in the course and interacted with American Ninja Warriors.
Community Initiative – Marvette Coley – founder of Positive Women, Positive Results, Inc. which mentors teen girls. The organizations sponsored an event called “How to Build a Website in a Day” that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and computer coding. The event was free and included lunch. Teen girls from as far away as Raleigh and Fayetteville to participate.
Youth on the Move – Madison Parker – serves as the President of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Hunt High School. She volunteers at St. Timothy Carriage House every Sunday feeding those in need.
Community Sponsor make it all possible!
Be a part of the 48 years of community celebration as a sponsor. Sponsorship includes varying levels of complimentary tickets, reserved seating and display ads in the program booklet. If you’d like to become a sponsor, honoring our community volunteers, download the form below.
Thank you to our 2018 Community Sponsors
- Barton College
- Wilson Housing Authority
- Greenlight Community Broadband
- Wilson Community College
- Eastern Carolina Chiropractic
- Perry’s Temple OFWB Church
- Smithfield Foods
- Stephenson Millwork Company
- Stevens Funeral Home
- Wilson Preparatory Academy
Past Recipients Paul Lee Stevens Humanitarian of the Year Award:
- 2018 Neill Connor
- 2017: DuWanda Epps
- 2016: Gary Farmer
- 2015: Nancy Craft
- 2014: Jerome Vick
- 2013: June Sessoms
- 2012: Brockman Plauché
- 2011 Kay Bunch
- 2010: Cananie Taylor
- 2009: Darryl Woodard
- 2008: Isaac Everett
- 2007: Bishop Josheph Perry, Jr
- 2005-06: Esther Askew
- 2004: Doretha Kent
- 2003: Jeraldeen Whitley
- 2002: Edwin Price
- 2001: Otis Sherrod
- 2000: Charles Batts