WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - State and local budget cuts are having a big impact on groups that depend on the generosity of others.
Friday night, UNC-Wilmington recognized several public servants and their accomplishments, despite having to do more with less.
Burgaw Finance Officer Cynthia Jones was named this year's Public Servant of the Year, for helping the town survive the tough economic times and finding ways to put money into a savings account for future projects.
"You just watch every penny," said Jones. "You watch every invoice, see where you can cut back and see where you can save dollars. That's what it's all about."
New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey and the Gang Task Force were also honored at the event for making a significant contribution to the community.
"It's always hard, you know, there are so many people competing and there's never enough money, and you really have to stay active," said Causey.
The Lower Cape Fear Hospice also received recognition, but could soon face cuts from Medicaid and Medicare. The center is working harder than ever to find other resources so they keep helping in the community.
Even in a recession, people in the community are giving back in award-winning fashion.