Molina Healthcare of South Carolina recently celebrated the good deeds of six community heroes at its second annual Community Champions Awards. The awards dinner was held at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing and included entertainment by students from The Music Battery. One of this year’s winners included Irmo resident Nelly Jolley.

Jolley serves Latino families in the community. Since 2010, Jolley has been one of the most active community health workers for South Carolina’s PASO’s programs. PASO’s was established to reduce health disparities among the Latino community throughout the state.

Through her work, Jolley builds bridges between individuals and health care organizations. She also leads a reading club for families and tutors elementary school children. For parents and families, she hosts workshops on health topics, domestic violence and the school system. Through the “Here Comes Kindergarten” program, Latina mothers are taught the importance of instilling reading habits within their children, as well as habits that can help prepare their kids for school.

“We proudly recognize the hard work of this year’s Molina Community Champions,” said Thomas Lindquist, president of Molina Healthcare of South Carolina, “It was a pleasure honoring Nelly for her dedication to serving those in need in the community.”

The Community Champions program celebrates Dr. C. David Molina, the founder of Molina Healthcare, as well as community partners who work together to care for society’s most vulnerable individuals. Each Community Champion was nominated by a community-based organization and also received a $1,000 grant to give to a deserving nonprofit organization of his/her choice. Jolley will give her $1,000 grant to Richland School District Two Education Foundation.

Pictured are Thomas Lindquist, president of Molina Healthcare of South Carolina and Community Champion Nelly Jolley.