Jon Six to receive Governor’s Service Award

On Thursday, Jon Six will be honored for his dedication to service at the annual Governor’s Service Awards dinner at the Culture Center at the state Capitol. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Jon Six is a well-known volunteer and business owner.

An advocate for many causes in the Parkersburg area, his hair salon in Vienna is constantly filled with donations for the hungry, homeless, children and animals.

On Thursday, Six will be honored for his dedication to service at the annual Governor’s Service Awards dinner at the Culture Center at the state Capitol.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Governor’s Service Awards. The event honors individuals, families and groups that exemplify outstanding dedication to volunteerism and community service in West Virginia, said Volunteer West Virginia.

Six will receive his award in the Senior Category. When Six hears about a challenge in the community, he does something about it, Volunteer W.Va. noted.

Some of the many items Jon Six has collected to help others in Wood County. (Photo Provided)

“He rallies friends and supporters, and supplies come pouring in. When he learned homeless individuals would have cold and wet feet during the winter, he started a sock drive. His goal of collecting 300 pairs of socks was exceeded by 2,100 pairs, and socks continue to be donated.”

He recently met his goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of underwear for area homeless shelters after learning that people did not have access to new underwear in the correct size, according to a press release.

“A cheerleader for causes that speak to his soul, Six has collected donations for the Humane Society of Parkersburg, Kicks for Kids, and is involved with the Latrobe Street Mission, and countless other community service projects.”

He has collected thousands of pounds of food for area food pantries and volunteers at a local street ministry that feeds over 400 meals.

For the past nine years, Six has also been actively involved in the West Virginia Central Credit Union’s Stuff the Bus project, which collects school supplies for teachers and students.

As a result of Six’s effort, several community members have become involved in separate missions and volunteer projects, Volunteer W.Va. said.

“A true community champion, his kindness and dedication will have a lasting impact in the Parkersburg area.”

The Governor’s Service Awards are administered by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service. The event will take place on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Culture Center in Charleston.

A volunteer review committee reads and selects the recipients based on achievement, community needs, continuing involvement, innovation and impact of service.

Other recipients of the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards are, by category:

* Youth: Stephanie Santilli, Philippi

* Adult: D. Michael Anderson “Chef Mike,” South Charleston

* Lifetime Achievement: Laura Greathouse, New Cumberland

* Family: Robin Mams and Lulu, Elkins

* Disaster Service: Nancy Harris

* Group: Dementia Friendly, St. Albans

* Business: Zambito Family Dentistry, Wheeling.

Volunteer West Virginia said it challenges West Virginians to strengthen their communities through service and volunteerism by identifying and mobilizing resources, promoting an ethic of service, and empowering communities to solve problems and improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

Learn more at volunteerwv.org.