It is far from uncommon for residents of Warrick County to receive recognition at the state level for their contributions to their communities.
Through volunteering for one of the biggest local outreach groups within the county, another resident has earned himself a commendation from a few state representatives. Paul Hughes of Newburgh has received the Golden Hoosier Award this year for his work at Habitat for Humanity in Warrick County.
Hughes has been a volunteer for Habitat for more than 20 years, during which time he has held various executive positions, most notably the president of the Warrick County Habitat for Humanity board of directors. He has also served as an on-site crew leader during their building projects. Hughes was nominated for the award by Amy Hobbs
According to State Representative Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh) “Through his hands-on work, Paul has helped numerous Hoosiers find affordable housing. Many of the new homeowners are single women with children coming out of abusive relationships and thanks to Paul’s compassion, patience and dedication, these women have a safe place to call home.”
Hughes was also commended by representative Tim O’Brien (R-Evansville), “Paul Hughes leads by example and he’s made a huge impact in Warrick County. His spirit of service is an inspiration to others. Congratulations to all of the honorees statewide.”
The Golden Hoosier Award was originally created in 2008 as a way to commend Indiana residents over the age of 65 who were active as volunteers in their communities attempting to give back, and who have a lifetime of service within their community.
In addition to the age requirement, the award also requires that recipients have been continuously involved with a volunteer organization for the past three years. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a senior Indiana resident.
According to the state of Indiana’s official website, “The ideal recipient is considered an unsung hero who has not received previous recognition for the impact they have made in the lives of others and the community.”
According to an official statement by Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch during the ceremony, “Paul leads with a teaching attitude that garners trust. He possesses amazing att- ention for detail, and this is displayed in his work. Since Paul joined Habitat for Humanity of Warrick County, he has led the team building homes and worked hand-in-hand with families, mentoring them through the process.”
Lieutenant Governor Crouch presented the award on September 30 in partnership with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The award was presented to 20 other hoosiers alongside Hughes, with the group joining more than 260 hoosiers to receive the award since its inception 13 years ago.