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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Dallas-Based Retirees Receive Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Director of Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders Bill Pigott and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – The Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders was presented the Correctional Institutions Division Volunteer Award during the Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.

"The unwavering dedication of these volunteers to help others succeed is truly inspiring," said Livingston. "The impact of their efforts will be felt across the state of Texas for many years to come."

"Volunteering is not a choice for the men and women being recognized today," said Wainwright. "They see it as a responsibility and for that we're thankful."

Accepting the award on behalf of The Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders was Bill Pigott. This group of men and women volunteer their time assisting with construction projects for churches, camps and Christian organizations. In September 2015 they began laying face plates on the newly laid foundation of the chapel at the Formby State Jail in Plainview. They have worked tirelessly since then and the chapel is scheduled for completion later this year.

The Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders is one of 6 organizations and 15 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2015, there were over 22,000 volunteers who provided a total of 262,442 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.