Volunteers are the heart of Alexandria

by Marion Brunken and Diana M. Rodriguez, volunteer writer

Alexandria, VA – National Volunteer Appreciation Week runs from April 17-22 (presented by the Team Jen Walker)

Volunteer Alexandria recognizes the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) during National Volunteer Week as recipients of the Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Service Award

Both groups have generously donated time and energy, staffing and supporting COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites across Alexandria for over a year.

· Volunteer Alexandria and the whole community appreciate you! These programs and volunteers are rock stars! Many have received the “Above & Beyond” award for serving over 250 hours

Volunteer Alexandria and ACPS thank these volunteers for their outstanding service

· ELDON BOES and LINDA THOMS, recipients of the Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Service Award – This award is given to volunteers who selflessly devote time, energy and skill to help organizations pursue their missions. Eldon knows how learning to ride a bike can have a big impact on students. The teachers are grateful to him and the students love him. Eldon has been volunteering since 2016, regularly donating five to ten hours a week during the school year.

Linda is a volunteer for the Alexandria Tutoring Consortiumhelping school children read William Ramsey Primary School. She tutors two to four children each term, often focusing on children with special needs. Linda has inspired and nurtured hundreds of ACPS students.

· CATHERINE KITCHELL, Above & Beyond winner – Catherine gives her free time to improve the community by helping to ensure the academic success of her students.

· JIM DURHAM, Above & Beyond Award Winner – Jim qualifies for an award for his work in Alexandria Public Schools; he plays a key role in improving the city’s roads, which improves student safety. Jim has spent countless hours giving third graders the opportunity to participate in the Safety Routes to School program.

“Above and Beyond” Awards

Volunteers who have given over 300 hours of service Deborah McGhee | Suzette Manduley | Donna Pickett | Santos Diaz | Nathan Bruinooge | Kathy Stenzel | Bridget Donohue | Marco van Doeveren| Mark Lim, | Cornelia Piper | Nancy Football | Lauren DeAngelis | Anita McClendon| Laura Noble| Linda Mossey | Laura Folk | Simona Cipra| Marina Martinez-Stepka| The Leinaweaver| Richard Sheres| Cole Ashcraft | Christine Boltz | Marjorie Windelberg

Did you know?

The value of one hour of volunteering in Virginia is $28.46.

From February ’21 to February ’22, Volunteer Alexandria

registered more than 2,250 people

established more than 6,600 links to causes, and

offered 1,886 activities

Agencies receiving volunteer support in 2021

Alexandria City Public Schools | Alexandria Harmonizers, Inc | Alexandria Housing Development Corporation | Alexandria Football Association | Alexandria Symphony Orchestra | Alexandria Tutoring Consortium | Alexandria/Arlington CASA Program |

LIVING! | Arts on the Horizon | Community housing | Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation | Guest House Friends | Friends of the Martha Washington Library | Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail | Friendship Barracks Museum | Northern Virginia Habitat for Humanity | Momentum Collective Inc. | Neighborhood Health | New Vida, Inc. | Blindness Prevention Society Look Again Resale Shop | Rebuilding DC Alexandria Together | Course! Geek ! Course! 5K | Alexandria Superior Services | Tall Ship Providence | The Campagna Center | The Little Theater of Alexandria | Watergate at Landmark Youth Committee Members | Wesley Housing

ALEXANDRIA 2022 VOLUNTEER GOALS

Train staff of organizations to create projects, recruit, select and manage volunteers

· Invest in technology; facilitate its use

Provide middle and high school students with meaningful service-learning activities

Mobilize people to help agencies fulfill their missions

Please donate to help people serve during Spring2ACTion 2022

Investing in Volunteer Alexandria means investing in our community, strengthening organizations, and helping people help others.

Current volunteer opportunities

April 12-14: Breaks with Impact (BWI) – students (grades 6-12) engage in service-learning projects across Alexandria, including service activities, learning how nonprofit organizations and public agencies serve city residents exploring careers. Find details and register at www.volunteeralexandria.org/bwi.

April 18-23: During National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Alexandria invites groups and individuals to participate in a SERVE-a-thon event where people complete service projects across the city. This mini SERVE-a-thon will take place outdoors in support of local and state parks and a few agencies in need of landscaping. Find details and register at www.volunteeralexandria.org/serveathon.

Register for one of the following activities on www.volunteeralexandria.org:

Help distribute food and groceries – Meade Memorial Episcopal Church needs help providing lunches to residents from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers set up tables and distribute lunches on weekdays, except on certain statutory holidays. Volunteers are also needed at the pantry on Thursday or Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Momentum Collective Inc. and the recreation department provide after-school arts education for elementary and middle school youth. Volunteers with knowledge of hand puppet making, storytelling, and puppet operation are needed to host at least two children’s puppet shows throughout the program year, which runs until June 24.

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