Walker Honors Sanford’s Daniel Simmons as Community Hero of the Month
SANFORD, N.C.- U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.), honored Lee County’s Daniel Simmons as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for August 2019.
Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
Daniel Simmons is an excellent example of how one person can impact their community in a variety of ways. In addition to serving as the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Carolina, he volunteers his time as a Guardian ad Litum, where is represents the interests of children who are in the court system due to abuse and neglect. Daniel led the effort to raise funds for many causes as last year’s Sanford Rotary President and serves as the Small Business Advocacy Chairman for the Chamber of Commerce. He also finds time to volunteer as a musician at local churches.
“I know firsthand what it’s like for kids who deal with tough familial challenges and disadvantaged circumstances, as my mother was a single mom who worked very hard to provide for us,” Simmons said. “In addition to support from my grandparents, I saw how individuals outside our family mentored and even welcomed me into their families when things got tough, expanded my horizons and made sure I knew my potential. I’m able to see very similar things in action every day in leadership at Boys and Girls Club. As a Guardian ad Litem, I have a strong voice in the courtroom in advocating for the best interests of children and improving their trajectory of their lives. I’ve always wanted to serve the community and the world through Rotary due to their investment in me when I was young.”
“Daniel is an excellent example of how one person can serve their community in a variety of ways, and he’s accomplished all of this before the age of 40,” Walker said. “Daniel remembers what it’s like to be in need and I’m inspired by his commitment to invest in the next generation in very tangible ways.”
Daniel lives in Sanford with his wife, Jessica, who is a middle school band director in Moore County. Daniel is an avid off-roader and teaches ATV safety courses on Saturdays. Daniel and Jessica enjoy performing with the Lee County Community Orchestra and traveling North Carolina and beyond.
Daniel was presented with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor.