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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Snyder Woman Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Brenda Martin, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Brenda Martin of Snyder, Texas was presented the Correctional Institutions Division Volunteer Award during the Governor’s 2019 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

Ms. Martin is a cancer survivor who selflessly dedicates her life and time for the benefit of others. Her first volunteer work was teaching the Voyager class at the Price Daniel Unit in April 1998. Since then she has expanded to hosting various classes, as well as assisting to the day-to-day chaplaincy operations and the coordination of the Kairos events. She works tirelessly to ensure the religious needs of all offenders assigned to the Price Daniel Unit. She also encourages the staff with semi-annual appreciation lunches. Ms. Martin strives to improve the quality of life for everyone whom she comes into contact. She is a testimony to what just one person can accomplish.

Ms. Martin is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at