International Volunteer HQ announced this week that Nolan Moore of Fort Campbell has been voted the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year for 2015.
This year the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Awards has celebrated the inspiring efforts of volunteers who are making important contributions to communities at home and abroad. Nolan Moore was named the winner by public vote and has been awarded with a volunteer abroad scholarship and the opportunity to participate on one of IVHQ’s community projects.
Currently serving in the US Army, 23-year-old Nolan was awarded with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from The Citadel University in 2014 in recognition of his leadership as a volunteer and contribution to communities locally and abroad. The History major has spent over 4 months volunteering abroad with IVHQ during his university studies, while supporting various projects in his local community. He has served as a leader intern for the Children’s Defense Fund to help improve literacy for underprivileged children, and has supported La Puerta de Esperanza in providing music classes, English teaching, and technical support. Nolan also mentors and coaches golf to students through the Greater Tee First Charleston program, which provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.
With 12 finalists up for this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award, Nolan was amongst a passionate group of volunteers from the USA, Canada and New Zealand, ranging in age from 18 to 47. These volunteers have demonstrated exemplary commitment to supporting community projects within their local communities, or while volunteering overseas.
After receiving 2,507 votes over a two week period, Nolan has been awarded with the opportunity to contribute to an IVHQ project for two weeks. Having volunteered with IVHQ in Kenya in 2012, Nolan is inspired to return to Africa and share his passion for teaching English by volunteering within one of the communities which IVHQ supports. Thanks to the support of STA Travel and World Nomads, Nolan has been awarded with a $1,500 travel voucher to support the cost of his flights and a travel insurance package.
“What motivates me to volunteer is being able to know that I am able to affect families, dreams and future generations. I want to be an example and mentor that people are able to look up to,” shared Nolan. “The feeling of knowing that I made someone’s day just by teaching them something new or making them laugh for a moment is extremely amazing.”