Baldwin native honored by White House

A Baldwin native was honored Friday when the White House welcomed over 150 AmeriCorps Alumni leaders from 25 states for a daylong briefing.

Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, and more than 80,000 will serve this year. The event highlighted AmeriCorps alumni and public service as a pathway to opportunity and career advancement.

Delores Druilhet-Morton was one of 12 AmeriCorps alums who are designated “Champions of Change.” These extraordinary leaders demonstrate how AmeriCorps alumni have leveraged their national service experience to become influential in their careers and leaders in their communities.

Druilhet-Morton of Atlanta is the president of Points of Light’s Programs Division. She is responsible for developing program initiatives and models to address the organizations core impact areas education, economy, environment and emergency response and preparedness, and veterans and military families.

Prior to joining Points of Light, she served as the director of the Center for Nonprofit Resources at Volunteer Baton Rouge, executive director of the Louisiana Association for Community Economic Development, and the chair of the Mid-South Collaborative for Nonprofit Development.

Druilhet-Morton began her career in the voluntary sector in 1995 as an AmeriCorps member in her home community of St. Mary Parish at St. Mary Community Action Agency. She is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Benny J. Druilhet Sr. of Baldwin.

Honorees had the opportunity to share their stories with administration officials and AmeriCorps members across the country. The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

“President Obama has always been a strong supporter of the AmeriCorps program and the role members play in strengthening communities across our country,” said Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson. “We’re excited to honor 12 AmeriCorps alums who are continuing in the spirit of their AmeriCorps pledge to ‘get things done for America’ as leaders in the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and to celebrate AmeriCorps as a pathway to opportunity for those who serve.”

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