Dick Ridley was one of six recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Service Award in conjunction with the United Way of Central Carolinas. He along with staff members Chauna Walls and Shelia Bumgarner attended an appreciation breakfast for the honorees that was hosted by the United Way of Central Carolinas. The event took place at the Village Tavern on April 12th, where he and the other winners received their award from Mayor Jennifer Roberts. The Charlotte Knights provided free tickets to their game on April 17.
Dick was nominated for the award by Chauna Wall and Shelia Bumgarner. Since June of 1989, Dick Ridley has volunteered his time and services to various departments at Main Library. For the past twenty years, he has worked in the Carolina Room. Dick taught himself, and the Carolina Room staff, how use Photoshop.
Many of the exhibits, the image collection, plus numerous books and publications would not be available on cmstory.org if it was not for Dick spending his time at the scanner.
Said Shelia, "He is more than a volunteer to us in the Carolina Room, he is one of us."