Dawn Hernandez
Dawn Hernandez
Role Model, 2015


Dawn Hernandez has a personal commitment to selfless community service that deserves the RockIT award for Outreach. Her many activities support Goal 5 of the WVU 2020 Strategic Plan and are incorporated in the definition for this category: “Enhance the well-being and the quality of life of the people of West Virginia.”

Here are some examples of her dedication and service to her community. 

Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/wv/charleston/programs-services/disaster

Dawn serves in many different roles as a volunteer, depending on need. As a caseworker for those affected by natural disasters, she assists with sheltering victims of disasters when they are not able to return to their homes. She works with clients to provide immediate assistance to help alleviate stress, and she continues to work with them to find resources that will aid in their recovery. Dawn is a member of the Disaster Action Team that also provides canteen service to emergency workers and clients when the need arises.

Cub Scouts Pack 60 http://www.pack60wv.org/about/

Dawn is the Pack 60 Treasurer and a member of the pack council, and participates in planning and coordinating activities and events for the Pack 60 Cub Scouts.

Works of Mercy –St. John’s University Parish https://www.facebook.com/stjohnuniversityparish

As chair of the Works of Mercy committee, Dawn plans and coordinates team efforts that focus on serving the community that include gardening, homeless dinners, blanket drives for the homeless, and other charitable works.

Positive Activity Committee – Downtown Taskforce, Coordinating Council on Homelessness



This committee develops ways to involve homeless or very low-income people in positive and affirming activities in downtown Morgantown as part of the Coordinating Council on Homelessness. This group coordinates community-wide efforts to reduce homelessness; develops a common agenda among service providers; creates data sharing and measurement standards; facilitates continuous open communication; keeps all agencies aligned with the common agenda; advocates on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness; and promotes community awareness and involvement in addressing homelessness.

Dawn’s boundless energy, optimism and hard work inspire her friends and colleagues every day, yet she seeks no recognition for herself. She deserves some.