Hatteras Island’s Dennis Carroll Named Dare County Citizen of the Year 2022

Dennis Carroll, 2022 Dare County Citizen of the Year, stands in front of the Dare County seal with family members who were in attendance when his award was presented.

Dennis Carroll, who serves as president of the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, was named Dare County’s 2022 Citizen of the Year. The prestigious award was presented to Carroll by Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting held at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2022.

2022 Dare County Citizen of the Year Dennis Carroll holds up his Dare County plaque and the Town of Manteo trophy.

During the presentation highlighting Carroll’s extensive volunteer service to the Hatteras Island-based organization, Woodard noted that the decision to declare him Dare County Citizen of the Year 2022 was made unanimously. by the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

“When I reached out to the board to find out who they thought deserved this [award], with every member of the board, that name came up,” Woodard said. “He is a beacon of hope and a helping hand for the people of Hatteras Island. Over the years he has held many volunteer positions, but most notable is his leadership role as President of the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men.

Founded in 1978, the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men is a group of volunteer men and women who work alongside various relief organizations, state and federal government agencies, local businesses and religious groups to provide assistance to those in need on Hatteras Island. The organization is funded by contributions from individuals, businesses and other entities, and 100% of all donations are used to provide assistance to area residents.

Since its inception 44 years ago, the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men have fed more than 19,000 people and spent more than $2 million to help members of the Hatteras Island community by repairing damaged roofs, replacing resurfacing, repairing flood-damaged floors, removing mold, building wheelchair ramps, replacing insulation, buying medicine and helping fund emergency medical and dental care, as well as helping many members of the community to keep their lights and heating on when needed.

Dennis Carroll stands with the Dare County Board of Commissioners and his family members who were in attendance at his awards show.

“These estimates don’t just include money, but also hundreds of thousands of hours of dedicated volunteer service,” Woodard said. “As the leader of United Methodist Men of Cape Hatteras, Dennis is known for his kindness, compassion, willingness and ability to put himself in the shoes of others to find solutions to the struggles they face.”

Woodard also noted that Carroll is “known for his professionalism, respect for others, and hard work to ensure the organization he leads works successfully with other organizations in our community.”

These collaborations that Woodard mentioned during his Dare County Citizen of the Year presentation included Dare County Health and Human Services Department, Dare County Emergency Management, Response Team Hatteras Island Community Emergency, the Cape Hatteras Electric Foundation and the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

“It is through these partnerships that Dennis enables all of these organizations in Dare County to come together and find not only common ground, but a shared vision and solutions to the challenges that many members of our community face. are facing,” Woodard said.

As part of the 2022 Citizen of the Year award, Dare County Commissioner Danny Couch, who represents Hatteras Island, highlighted one of the most important projects United Methodist Men of Cape Hatteras have recently undertaken: to raise many mobile homes on Hatteras Island above sea level. .

“Over the past 18 months, because FEMA will not be raising mobile homes, which are personal property, we have undertaken a project that could not have been done without the help of the Outer Banks Community Foundation where 14 mobile homes were raised nine feet above sea level, allowing them to climb out of the floodplain,” Couch said.

Couch went on to acknowledge the profound and positive impact such projects have had on Hatteras Island residents over the years through Carroll’s leadership role as president of the United Methodist Men of Cape Hatteras.

“It’s very emotional for me to stand here and talk about this because when you see families with children, and they work two or three jobs just to be successful every day, it’s going to tear your heart out. “Couch said. . “And a project like that, even if it’s a mobile home, with three bedrooms, a 60 footer is still going [cost] around $48,000 to $52,000. Thanks to Dennis’ leadership, we were able to do them for about $19,000, which is basically half that. It’s Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men because that’s what the charter contained, but we have men, women, and teens, and it’s just a true testament to what a community can do when it decides to act together in a company.

At the end of the presentation, Woodard presented Carroll with a special plaque in recognition of his many years of service and dedication to the Dare County community.

“It is an honor for me, on behalf of this council that unanimously selected you, Dennis, to recognize you as Dare County’s 2022 Citizen of the Year,” Woodard said. “It’s a better place because of you. Your work, and that of everyone who works alongside you, makes a profound difference in so many lives, and we are so grateful for all you do.

Dare County Commissioner Danny Couch shares his remarks about Dennis Carroll’s volunteer service during the meeting in front of the crowd of attendees and Dennis Carroll’s family.

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