WIlbur England of the
WVU Medicine Morgantown Marathon
As the marathon season approaches, runners have been well underway with their training and preparation for many local events. Many local marathons and other races focus on supporting a cause that further assists members within our community. One such event, the WVU Medicine Morgantown Marathon was established to raise funds for Operation Welcome Home. The funds are used to support programs that allow veterans and their families to "overcome barriers to employment and providing them with the knowledge and resources needed to secure a fulfilling position in the civilian workforce."
The Morgantown Marathon is in its 4th year, and as with all significant events, the planning, preparation, and execution are immense and require a considerable source of manpower. One such volunteer that works closely with Operation Welcome Home and the Morgantown Marathon is Wilbur England. Wilbur, a Vietnam veteran and member of VFW Post 9916, works each and every week to help Operation Welcome Home plan their large fundraising events, including the Morgantown Marathon. In fact, it is very common to enter the Operation Welcome Home offices and see Wilbur working hard to help his fellow veterans locate a new job or even find additional financial resources or health care.
In addition to the Morgantown Marathon and his work with Operation Welcome Home, Wilbur can be seen at most, if not all or the local events honoring our military members. Just recently he traveled to the State Capitol to work to promote the interests of veterans across the state. "Not only is it important to provide assistance to veterans, but it is also important for our state and country to support them in their time of need," England stated.
The Morgantown Marathon is an annual event that takes place September 16th of this year. The 26.2-mile race careens through Morgantown, including the WVU campus. Other options do include a half marathon and the Mountain Mama 8k race. (Register for the event at MorgantownMarathon.com)
"With West Virginia having the highest per capita of veterans in our state, the resources that Operation Welcome Home provides with the support of fundraisers such as the Morgantown Marathon, provides the support needed for our local Veterans," stated Marisa Matyola of WBOY. "Without Operation Welcome Home, many veterans would find it more difficult to identify employment opportunities within our community and gain the knowledge needed to gain successful employment."
"Wilbur England and his fellow veteran volunteers have helped to create an abundance of resources in our region for our veterans and their families," said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group. "The hard work that they undertake has helped to fill the gap between the needs of veterans and the services provided by the state and federal government. Veterans and other military members will always have certain needs, and the volunteer work done by Wilbur can only help alleviate some of the difficulties they face."
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The Celebrating Volunteers awardees receive public recognition for not only themselves but their organization. They also receive a $500 contribution to the organization they represent in their name. Marisa Matyola of WBOY TV and Tim Miley of The Miley Legal Group work together to select the awardees from the many nominations received from the public. The volunteer selected will have demonstrated their commitment to an organization through volunteerism and support.
“I am an avid supporter of volunteerism in our communities," Miley stated. "The Celebrating Volunteers program is a way that we can recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals across our region.”
We look forward to recognizing a number of worthy individuals while giving their organizations a part of the spotlight. The program will continue recognizing volunteers throughout the coming year. In order to nominate a volunteer to receive this award, please click on the Celebrating Volunteers logo.