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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Amarillo Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Alvis Golightly, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) –Alvis Golightly of Amarillo, Texas was presented the “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award during the Governor’s 2019 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

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

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

Mr. Golightly is a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant (CVCA) and has been a volunteer chaplain at the Clements Unit in Amarillo for 17 years. A graduate of Abilene Christian University with a BA degree in Bible and Biblical Field, as well as Master’s degree from West Texas A&M University with an Administration Special Education Certification, he has served as a missionary in El Salvador and has made mission trips to Africa, Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Russia. He presently serves as a volunteer teacher for a pilot program called “Reading is Freedom” at the Clements Unit.

The award is named in tribute to curriculum specialist Judy Burd who worked for the Windham School District where she developed the nationally recognized pre-release program called CHANGES. She was also the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the district who encouraged others to give of their time in service to others. Judy Burd also taught adult education classes at night in her community where she helped many people learn to read and write.

Mr. Golightly is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations 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 FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.