Madison Carr
Madison Carr

Identical twins Madison and Morgan Carr do volunteer work and go to school together.

But Madison Carr, 21, had no idea her sister nominated her for the Jefferson Award for Public Service until she won it.

"I was surprised she was selfless enough to nominate me because she does a lot of volunteering, too," said Madison of Red Lion.

Madison, a community volunteer

since age 15, will receive her award during the Jefferson Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road in Harrisburg.

The Jefferson Award was established in 1972 as a Nobel Prize equivalent for public service, according to the American Institute for Public Service.

Madison Carr is among six people receiving the award. Other winners are from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

One of the six award winners will be selected to have his or her name submitted for the national Jefferson Award. The selection will be revealed during the banquet.

Do Something: Madison Carr is founder and president of the Do Something Club at York College, where she is a senior majoring in secondary English education with a minor in special education.

The club's treasurer is Morgan Carr, a senior majoring in early childhood education with a minor in special education.

Morgan Carr said she enjoys doing volunteer work with her sister.

"She just does a lot of stuff and never really gets the credit for it," Morgan Carr said. "She worked really hard to start the club, and I feel she really deserves recognition for it."

The 40-member Do Something Club has participated in local Autism Walk events and has done volunteer work with the York College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA, which serves families of children being treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey.

Getting out: The club also sings Christmas carols to residents at local Senior Commons assisted living facility, Madison Carr said.

The club does a trick-or-treat Halloween program and sings Christmas songs for children being treated at York Hospital.

The Do Something Club also did an anti-bullying program at Locust Grove Elementary School in the Red Lion Area School District, said Madison Carr, a 2004 graduate of the district's high school.

Her club has done a beauty supply drive to benefit Access-York's women's shelter as well as children's books drives to benefit the York Rescue Mission and New Jersey schools flooded by Hurricane Sandy last year.

Madison Carr said she is thankful her sister nominated her for the Jefferson Award and also is grateful for all the rewards she receives from volunteering.

"I've always loved to help people," she said. "The reward of a smile or a 'thank you' from them are so great. It just feels good to help."

------------ About the event

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service banquet is at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Road in Harrisburg.

Tickets cost $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased by mail from the Jefferson Awards Banquet, United Way of Lancaster County, 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster 17601.

Checks should be made payable to the United Way of Lancaster County.

To register for the banquet online, visit www.liveunitedlancaster.org. For information, call (717) 824-8120.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.