Volunteer Alexandria is calling on organizations and City agencies to nominate volunteers for the 23rd Annual Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria award. This year’s award ceremony will take place on October 19 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and will consist of an evening reception with drinks, appetizers and silent auction.
With a 36-year legacy of caring for the heart of Alexandria, Volunteer Alexandria strives to help other Alexandrians give back to the city with through volunteering. The organization serves as a matchmaker, providing connections between volunteers and non-profits or city agencies in need of volunteer assistance. From creating and maintaining green space; preparing for emergencies; promoting culture and the arts; developing hands-on job and leadership skills; to feeding the hungry, Volunteer Alexandria plays a critical role in providing critical volunteer assistance to the city of Alexandria.
“When you volunteer, it means you have made a commitment to leave your community a better place than how you found it,” said Kerry Donley, winner of last year’s Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award.
Every year, the event recognizes volunteers for one of five categories: RSVP Northern Virginia Award, Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award, Joan White Grass Roots Volunteer Service Award, Youth Volunteer Service Award, and Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Service Award. This year, volunteers who have served 100 hours or more hours will be highlighted.
“It is a great opportunity for organizations to highlight and recognize their volunteers,” said Marion Brunken, Executive Director of Volunteer Alexandria. “Volunteers are so vital for us and the community and it’s important to show our appreciation. It’s also an event that will warm your heart because you are in a room full of passionate, wonderful people. It’s always so inspiring to hear their stories.”