Volunteer Delaware

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Department of Education have partnered to develop the process by which young adults can receive recognition for volunteerism. Upon completion of 90 hours, the students can receive one elective credit on their high school transcript.  

The active participation of young adults in volunteer activities is necessary to achieve a truly healthy community and to teach young people how to be contributing members of that community.

If your organization has any opportunities for young adults to volunteer please contact Tina Gray at the address below.  This is an opportunity for your organization to recruit volunteers and the State Office of Volunteerism to help with the recruitment.  

The office is looking to create a link on our webpage that would be specific to youth and would provide us with the ability to share information with school counselors and students. Please contact our office if you work with youth and are interested in promoting youth volunteerism. Together we can build a stronger community through volunteerism.

Warm regards, 
Tina Gary 
Volunteer Services Coordinator/Volunteer
Delaware Delaware Department of Health and Social Services 
Division of State Service Centers 
805 River Road Dover, DE 19901 
Office: (302) 857-5014 Fax: (302) 857-5041   

“The mission of the Division of State Service Centers is to provide convenient access to human services, assist vulnerable populations, support communities and promote volunteer service opportunities”. 

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News from NCC District 2 CouncilPerson Dee Durham

Here is link from CouncilPerson Dee Durham on events and News happening in the month of September in her District..

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New Castle County District 2 CouncilPerson Dee Durham

Here is link from CouncilPerson Dee Durham on events and News happening in the month of June in her District..

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Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loans


DNREC offers new cycle of Delaware’s Universal Recycling Grant and Low Interest Loan Program 

DOVER (May 22, 2019) – DNREC’s Division of Waste & Hazardous Substances is offering another opportunity under the Universal Recycling Grants and Low Interest Loan Program to help Delaware organizations support the state’s municipal solid waste (MSW) diversion goal of 60 percent diversion of MSW by Jan. 1, 2020. The most recent statistics from 2017 place Delaware at a 43.1 percent diversion rate, compared to the National Diversion Rate, which stands at 34.7 percent as of 2015.  

“Statistics show that Delaware is already a national leader in recycling, but we know we still have room to grow under the Universal Recycling law, which guarantees access for recycling to all residents of the First State whether at home, work, school, or play,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “The goal of this grant program is to help organizations within Delaware increase diversion to meet and exceed our statewide goals. We encourage collaborative and creative solutions to help Delaware raise the bar and keep recycling moving in the right direction.” 

DNREC, in collaboration with the Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC), is offering the following opportunities:

  • Open/Competitive Programs (total funding: $210,000): This category focuses on projects that promote five key areas identified by RPAC: leveraging data to increase recycling; identifying new or existing markets to accept Delaware’s diverted materials; identifying and measuring ways to educate and encourage recycling or waste reduction behavior change; establishing recycling and/or waste reduction programs within a school, district, or university; and establishing programs to support municipal or county-led waste diversion initiatives. In this category Projects that support the goals outlined in 7 Del. Code §6055 will be considered even if they fall outside of the above parameters. 
  • Food Waste Reduction Initiatives Program (total funding: $100,000): Projects within this category must be directed at ways to help the food service/restaurant industry reduce the amount of food waste going to Delaware landfills.
  • School Field Trip Program (total funding: $80,000): Funding for school bus companies to take students/classes from a single grade level from every school in Delaware to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) Education Center located in New Castle. This program is open to any public or private school in Delaware. 

Application forms and the guidance document are available at Delaware recycling grants and loans, or via Delaware’s recycling website at

Applicants are advised to read the guidance document prior to submitting their applications. Applications will be due to DNREC by the close of business Friday, July 12, 2019.

Due to the limited amount of funding, partial grants might be awarded based on RPAC’s discretion. RPAC and DNREC emphasize that applicants for grants and low-interest loans do not need to be recycling experts to put forward a recycling grant proposal. DNREC highly encourages creative solutions and collaboration amongst applicants. 

To learn more about Delaware Recycles, or for assistance with a grant application, call 302-739-9403 or email

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2019 Christina River Cleanup

Naamans Creek Watershed

Here are a few of the photos from the April 6th cleanup.  There were about 90 participants overall.  GotJunk picked up 2860 lbs. of trash and the County and scrappers picked up about another 400 lbs.  33 tires.  State Senator Cathy Cloutier and NCC Councilman John Cartier were at the Naamans site. Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons and Representative Lisa Rochester were at other sites along the Christina.  Community residents of Arden, Ardentown, Lancashire, Channin and around the Forwood Preserve were active in their neighborhoods.

Special thanks to Marianne Cinaglia for once again organizing and managing the Naamans Creek Watershed cleanup!

We also cleaned up up an area of Naamans Creek behind the Tri-State Mall.

Saving the earth. Back end of Tri-State Mall adjacent to Naamans Creek.
Naamans Creek near Tri-State Mall. Next time we’ll remember to take before photos. Looking much better.
New Castle County Councilman John Cartier, District 8 and cleanup crew.
Wilmington Christian Academy Students
Wilmington Christian Academy Students
Arden Volunteers
Arden Volunteers
Ardentown Volunteers
Arden Volunteers
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DEA National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

April 27th 2019 was Nation Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

For more details about Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, visit or call 302-744-4546, ext. 4.

There are also 21 Permanent Medicine Drop-off Locations across the state available year-round.  Six of Delaware’s permanent drop-off sites are in Walgreens pharmacies and the other 15 are located in local law enforcement agencies. 

For a list of permanent collection sites, visit If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction in Delaware, call DHSS’ 24/7 Crisis Hotline to be connected to treatment and recovery options. In New Castle County, call 1-800-652-2929. Or in Kent and Sussex counties, call 1-800-345-6785. To search online for treatment and recovery services in Delaware or nearby states, visit

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NCC Administration Proposal to Dramatically Weaken Development Rules

Dear Neighbors,

As you’ve likely heard, the County Administration is proposing to dramatically weaken the development rules that protect us from crippling traffic congestion.

Shockingly, the County is proposing to create 2 new types of Districts — which can be declared in any number anywhere in the County —  in which

-ANY level of road congestion may potentially be approved

-ANY method may potentially be used to measure road congestion

-developer contributions to needed road improvements are SHARPLY REDUCED

public hearing has been scheduled for 7pm Tuesday April 2 in the Gilliam Building, 67 Reads Way, New Castle. 

This is our chance to have our voices heard.  Please come to show your opposition to this deeply flawed proposal. The implications for all County residents are profound. 

Thank you.

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2019 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Award

Volunteer Delaware
The State Office of Volunteerism through Friday, April 5, 2019 is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize the important contributions that Delaware’s Youth volunteers, 17 years old and younger, make to their communities.

Award recipients will be honored on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at a special ceremony at Polytech Adult Education Conference Center.

The awards honor young Delawareans volunteerism in the areas of arts and culture, community service, education, environment, health, human needs, public service and social justice/advocacy. Volunteer efforts must have been performed during 2018; though prior volunteer activity can also be highlighted to show long-term commitment. The nominated individuals and group members must be seventeen years old or younger.

Nominations must be delivered by Friday, April 5, 2019, to the Office of Volunteerism, Attn: Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, c/o April Willey Williams State Service Center, 805 River Road, Dover, DE 19901 or emailed to
Here is the link to the nomination form.

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Monthly Community Coffee

Hollywood Grill, 1811 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE  19803

Join New Castle County District 2 Councilwoman Dee Durham ( for conversation & discuss any issues of concern on the first Wednesday of each month

  • April 3, 2019           8:00AM – 9:30AM
  • May 1, 2019            8:00AM – 9:30AM

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DelDOT’s Public Workshop for the I-95 Viaduct Corridor Project WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th @ 4:00 pm

Public Workshop
Rehabilitation of I-95 from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to invite residents from in and around Wilmington and all other interested parties to a Public Workshop to discuss the proposed rehabilitation of I-95 Viaduct Corridor Project from I-495 to North of Brandywine River Bridge.

The Public Workshop will be held at the Chase Center at the Riverfront (Governor’s Hall), 815 Justin Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

The purpose of the Public Workshop is to present details of the proposed rehabilitation and to solicit feedback from the public. Major construction impacts to I-95 are expected to begin March 2021 and be complete by June 2023.

Interested persons are invited to express their views either online or in writing, giving reasons for support or opposition to the project. Comments will be received during the Public Workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903 or emailed to

View full public notice at:
Please share this public workshop information with your neighbors, colleagues, constituents and employees.
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