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How a Cumberland County woman uses her Jeep to reach homeless vets

Out of hundreds of applicants, one Cumberland County woman’s work with area veterans secured her a spot among 22 state volunteers who will recently be recognized by Governor Roy Cooper.

Since 2005, Stacey Buckner has provided mobile showers, food and toiletries to homeless veterans in Cumberland County through her specially equipped, non-profit Jeep known as Off-Road Outreach.

Buckner was named the recipient of the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service during a virtual April 20 ceremony hosted by the Volunteer NC Commission.

According to the commission, only one medallion nomination is allowed per county. A statewide panel reviews all applications.

Buckner said she wanted to share the award with everyone who has volunteered in Cumberland County and those who continue to serve.

Gov. Roy Cooper said all volunteers had “gone above and beyond” to help their communities.

“You live our state motto – esse quam videri – which means ‘to be rather than to appear,'” Cooper said. “You are a shining example of what it means to be a North Carolina.”

Stacey Buckner, second from right, received the Governor's Medallion for Volunteer Service on April 20, 2022. Buckner is pictured with Andrew Rind, vice president and general manager of ServiceSource;  Melissa Reid, United Way of Cumberland County, Director of Resource Development;  and Tara Hinton, ServiceSource Director of Regional Philanthropy

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According to Buckner’s nomination form, she was born and raised in Fayetteville and works part-time at the Fayetteville Veterans’ Hospital as a ServiceSource employee.

ServiceSource supports people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers with services that include financial coaching, vocational training employment opportunities, services for the deaf, services for seniors, and services for veterans, among others.

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