The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office celebrated its dedicated volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, October 15, with a theme of “Honoring Our Valuable Resources.” More than 200 volunteers offer specialized assistance and outreach to inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, providing religious services, Bible study, tutoring, and substance abuse recovery programs.
About 40 volunteers attended the luncheon at the Faith Activities Center at First Baptist Church. As the program began, guests enjoyed a photo presentation showing volunteers in action as they serve in the Detention Center and in the community.
After lunch, motivational speaker Avonne Curry provided an important and uplifting message encouraging audience members to look for a blessing in moments of adversity. She reminded her audience that people around them are looking for inspiration and guidance and that their influence will touch others, even when they are not aware of it. A Marine Corps veteran, Ms. Curry owns Destiny’s Dream, an entertainment events company serving universities, military bases and juvenile detention facilities. Ms. Curry earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and holds a Master of Science degree in human resource management and development. She hosts a motivational television program on local cable and writes a column for “Halo” magazine, and she co-authored the book Happiness is a Decision of the Heart. Ms. Curry also serves as a volunteer at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center as well as at other local detention facilities for juveniles and adults.
Following her remarks, Ms. Curry joined Sheriff Dana Lawhorne in presenting each volunteer with a certificate of appreciation and a small gift of a ceramic mug. Each gift had a card with a message of gratitude reflecting the appreciation of inmates the volunteers serve. The program concluded with Sheriff Lawhorne thanking the volunteers for their deep commitment and willingness to give of themselves.