Housing Volunteer, Carolyn Biggerstaff, Receives “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” Award
Greensboro native, Carolyn Biggerstaff, has been a case worker, and educational consultant, a substance abuse counselor, an executive director, and a tireless volunteer for affordable housing and other positions that are just too numerous to list. And now she’s the recipient of the highest civilian honor that can be awarded by North Carolina’s governor: The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
On Thursday, May 10th Biggerstaff received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award — given to those who have shown exemplary service to the state and their communities. , D-57 presented the award during Greensboro Housing Coalition’s annual fundraiser, Band Together for Housing. In reacting to the award’s presentation, Biggerstaff stated, “I’m honored to be standing between two of my biggest heroes and favorite people, Rep. Pricey Harrison and Dan Curry. Thank you both for the amazing work you do and especially for your kindness to me.” Curry is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Greensboro Housing Coalition.
Harrison read from the award: “Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine, the summer land where the sun doth shine, where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,” Harrison continued, reciting the North Carolina State Toast. “Here’s to down home, the Old North State.”
Biggerstaff continues to be involved in numerous elderly and affordable housing efforts and organizations. She chairs the Guilford County Commission on Aging and chaired the planning committee for the 2018 Greensboro Housing Summit. Other positions include: the housing committee of the Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Planning Project, voting member of the PTRC Regional Council on Aging, Greensboro’s Purpose-Built Communities planning committee, Interactive Resource Center Advisory Council, Senior Resources of Guilford strategic planning committee and City of Greensboro Minimum Housing Standards Commission.