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Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition Secretary Receives Governor’s Award

May 15, 2019

Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition Secretary Diane Chandler has received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service in recognition of her contributions to the coalition’s efforts after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


Al Foote, a CDRC member and the administrative officer for Medicaid Transportation and Disaster Coordination at the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, surprised Chandler with the award during the CDRC’s regular meeting May 14 at Vaughn Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Foote nominated Chandler for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, which honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.


“In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Diane helped the CDRC stand up to a very different disaster,” Foote said. “Her detailed minutes have allowed the CDRC to maintain records of our rise from a small group to a non-profit long-term recovery group (LTRG) and now to one of the most productive and successful LTRGs in the state.”


Chandler joined the CDRC in 2011 shortly after tornadoes struck Cumberland County and she has been instrumental in maintaining the group during the years. The coalition was established as a result of the 2011 tornado disaster.


The CDRC is a representation of nonprofits, faith-based and charitable organizations working together to meet the unmet needs of Cumberland County residents affected by State and Federally declared disasters. For more information, or to find out how you can volunteer, go to