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Babs Eesley Honored with Governor’s Award

Posted on: May 7, 2024

Barbara (Babs) Eesley, a dedicated volunteer at CORA, has been recognized with the prestigious Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Chatham County by the Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center. This accolade celebrates Babs’ exceptional commitment and outstanding service to CORA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating food insecurity in Chatham County.


The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, coordinated annually by the Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center in partnership with the Governor’s office, recognizes individuals across various counties for their remarkable contributions to their communities. This year, Chatham County was added to the list of counties eligible for this esteemed honor, highlighting the expanding scope of recognition for outstanding volunteers.


Babs’ unwavering dedication to CORA is exemplified by her remarkable contribution of 400 hours spread across more than 170 shifts in 2023 alone. Her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others knows no bounds, as she readily steps in wherever and whenever she is needed. Living nearby, Babs epitomizes the true essence of dedication by being available at a moment’s notice to assist with urgent needs or coverage gaps within CORA’s operations.


“What sets Barbara apart is her willingness to go above and beyond, consistently demonstrating her compassionate nature and genuine concern for those facing food insecurity in our community,” remarked Rebecca Hankins, Development and Communications Director at CORA. “Her selfless dedication and tireless efforts make her a beacon of hope for many, embodying the core values of CORA.”


Barbara’s remarkable commitment to volunteering not only reflects her character but also underscores the vital role that volunteers play in supporting organizations like CORA in achieving their mission of building a community without hunger. Her receipt of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award is a testament to her exceptional service and profound impact on the lives of individuals and families in Chatham County.