Pamlico agency receives several state awards for its services to young people

Members of the nonprofit HeartWorks of Bayboro have been announced as recipients of the 2021 North Carolina Attorney General’s Dogwood Award.

Members of a Pamlico County agency working to address the underserved mental and physical health needs of area youth have been named recipients of two Dogwood Awards.

The Dogwood Awards 2021 were presented to Sue Lee and Rod Lee, the founders of HeartWorks in Bayboro, as well as Karen Prince, Executive Director of HeartWorks Childrens’ Medical Home Mission.

HeartWorks is a non-profit community service agency that operates after-school and summer learning programs and counseling services for Pamlico County youth and their families. HeartWorks programming includes academic classes, development of life skills, promotion of physical and mental health, and advocacy for the rights of the family.

The HeartWorks Awards represented three of five people who received Dogwood Awards in eastern North Carolina. The announcement was made last week by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.

The Attorney General distributes the Dogwood Awards annually to honor North Carolinians who work to “keep people safe, healthy and happy in their communities.”

“HeartWorks is a shining example of North Carolinians looking out for their compatriots in North Carolina,” said Stein. “Sue and Rod Lee, Karen Prince and their team have created an organization to help improve the mental and physical well-being of children and ensure they have the best possible chance of building a happy and stable future. I am so grateful for their dedication to our youth.

Located at 709 Main Street, Bayboro, HeartWorks serves more than 150 Kindergarten to Grade 8 students for three hours every day of the week. The program’s 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program takes place in the newly updated Safe Harbor Youth Center in Bayboro.

The HeartWorks website states that the goal of the program is to “provide struggling students with the opportunity to begin the remedial process and move forward with academic, behavioral and social skill building activities.”

Through its StillWaters program, HeartWorks also provides counseling to children, teens, adults and couples. HeartWork’s team of eight staff, which includes six therapists, work to treat depression, anxiety, grief, substance abuse, marital issues, problematic behaviors and other mental health issues. StillWaters recently reopened its office at 205 Main Street in Bayboro for face-to-face therapy.

HeartWorks also has new programs planned for next year. During the summer of 2022, HeartWorks will be offering a 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Learning Program on weekdays at its Safe Harbor Youth Center. The program will be offered free to over 100 children.

For more information on HeartWorks services, call 252-745-4510 or visit the HeartWorks office at 709 Main Street in Bayboro.

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The full list of Dogwood Award 2021 recipients is as follows:

  • Dr Rasheeda Monroe, The Sister Circle, Cary

  • Dr Netasha McLawhorn, The Sister Circle, Raleigh

  • Dr Michele Benoit-Wilson, The Sister Circle, Raleigh

  • Dr Tiffany Lowe-Payne, The Sister Circle, Wendell

  • Dr Jacqueline Hicks, The Sister Circle, Zebulon

  • Dr Nerissa M. Price, The Sister Circle, Raleigh

  • Lowe’s Home Improvement, Mooresville

  • President Deborah Dicks Maxwell, North Carolina NAACP, Wilmington

  • Dr Kerianne Crockett, Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of North Carolina, ECU Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center, Greenville

  • Kristie Puckett Williams, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Charlotte

  • Secretary Eddie Buffaloe, North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Raleigh

  • Sheriff Quentin Miller, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Asheville

  • Officer Stéphanie Collins, Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville

  • Ingram Bell, Gate City Coalition, Greensboro

  • Linda Combs, sexual assault survivor and lawyer, Fayetteville

  • Sue and Rod Lee, HeartWorks, Bayboro

  • Karen Prince, HeartWorks, Bayboro

  • Chief Chris Blue, Chapel Hill Police Department, Chapel Hill

  • District Attorney Matt Scott, Robeson County, Lumberton

  • Senator Jim Burgin, District 12 (Harnett, Johnson and Lee counties), Angier

  • Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear River Lookout, Wilmington

  • Margaret D. Bordeaux, North Carolina Division of Public Health Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Wilmington

  • Major Elijah Bazemore, County Durham Sheriff’s Office, Durham

  • Kevin Leonard, Association of North Carolina County Commissioners, Apex

  • Sara LaVere, Brunswick County Electoral Council, Brunswick County

  • Representative Dean Arp, District 69 (Union County), Monroe

  • Representative Jason Saine, District 97 (Lincoln County), Lincolnton

  • Representative Donny C. Lambeth, District 75 (Forsyth County), Winston-Salem

  • Representative Jake Johnson, District 113 (Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties), Mill Springs

  • Michelle Ellis, Hunter Huss High School, Gastonie

  • Octavia Hamilton, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Asheville

  • Dean Bagnoni, John F. Kennedy High School, Winston-Salem

  • Christopher Lane, Chapel Hill Police Department, Chapel Hill

  • Marcus Morris, Scotland Neck Police Department, Scotland Neck

  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservation, Asheville

  • Piedmont Land Conservatory, Greensboro

This article originally appeared in the Sun Journal: Youth Services Agency Pamlico Chosen for State Dogwood Awards

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