2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards
Dallas Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award
(AUSTIN) – Derek Washington of Dallas, Texas was presented the TDCJ Employee 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.”
Mr. Washington is with Restoration Outreach of Dallas (ROD Ministries) which provides care for recently released TDCJ offenders to help them transition from incarceration to the “free world” and helps reduce recidivism throughout the state. He is also the founder of Feed-A-Face, a non-profit organization that helps feed and provide services to the homeless.
Mr. Washington 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.
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