Every year, Volunteer Alexandria recognizes those who serve their community at the Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria. We celebrate volunteers nominated by the community for their outstanding service. Honoring those who are the heart and soul of our City is the highlight of this event. Awards include the Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award, Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Award, a Youth and RSVP (55 and greater) award. Additionally, we highlight every youth volunteer who has served 100 hours and adult volunteers who have served 150 hours.
Show your appreciation for volunteers and become a donor. There are many opportunities starting at $250. Monies raised will go towards connecting and mobilizing people to become volunteers to help those who need a little bit more support. More details about the benefits can be found online.
You will be joined by our supporters from - Award Sponsor
- BB&T Bank
- Caudron Megary Blackburn - Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
- King Street Wireless
- LINK Strategic Partners
- Greenhill's Pickett Place Foundation
- The Goodhart Group
Alexandria Yellow Cab | David & Audra Chamowitz | Federal Professional Solutions | Kinneman Insurance | KrekelerBrower Wealth Advisors | Allen & Margie Lomax
Janet Barnett | Branded sac | Toni Johnson | Charade Estes | | Renner & Company, CPA | Emily Schell Jones & Brian Jones | Sully's Merry Widows, LLC
See what this is all about and celebrate with us. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.
Award Categories, Forms & Previous Winners
Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award: Given to an Alexandria community member who has served this community consistently over his or her lifetime. Nominees have served one or more agencies in many different capacities and can include people who have served on boards, commissions, and in organizing roles.
Previous winners include: William Willis, Pat Miller, John Porter, David Speck, Nina Tisara, Allen Lomax, Lyles Carr, Val Hawkins, Gene Steuerle, Kerry Donley & Julie Jakopic.
Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award Form
Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Service Award: Given to one or more volunteers who have selflessly committed time, energy, and skills to help organizations further their missions.
Previous winners include: Brooke Curran, Patty Moran, Seena Foster, Scott Kahler, Marya Fitzgerald, Donald White, Susanne Arnold, Steve Nearman, Maria Carbrera, Ray Gingrich, Eleanor Lindeman & Donna Reuss.
Joan White Grassroots Service Award Form
Youth Volunteer Service Award: Given to a youth volunteer, age 12 – 18 years, who has selflessly committed time, energy and skills to help a cause or an organization to further its mission.
Previous winners include: Emma West, Yahya Yaziji, Isabella Lovain, Day'Quon Henderson & the Bryce Project.
Youth Volunteer Service Award Form
Emergency Preparedness Award: Given to an Alexandria community member or group who demonstrated a unique and sustained contribution to Alexandria’s emergency preparedness. Nominees will exhibit an awareness of and commitment to the safety and well-being of the community, its citizens and guests.
Previous winners include: Marco Johnson & American Legion Post#24
Emergency Prepardness Volunteer Service Award Form
RSVP Northern Virgina Award: Given to an RSVP Northern Virginia volunteer who has used their skills and interests to make a valuable, lasting impact in our community.
Previous winners include: Denise Mackie-Smith
Previously mentioned for hours include: Betty Gentile & Salvatore Manno
RSVP Award Form
A sample of reviews from previous Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria:
"I wanted to congratulate you on such an amazing event last Wednesday. The spirit of volunteerism was alive and well, and it was an honor to celebrate with you."
"A real nice event; everyone I saw had a smile! Nice set up, good food and a stellar list of awardees. Really becoming a "must attend" event."
"Twas a lovely affair"
"You guys at Volunteer Alexandria should be very proud; what a great event! I had so much fun meeting people (and eating the delicious food)!"
"Thanks for the other night. I had a great time."
"Thank you to you and your team for hosting a fantastic evening!"
"A note to Thank you for allowing me to be a part of last night's event; it was not only inspiring, but also flawless! The auction checkout appeared to go smoothly"
"We all had a great time at the Volunteer Awards! Thanks for being so encouraging and easy to work with. You did a great job!"
"A wonderful and successful event."
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