Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria!

Every year, Volunteer Alexandria is recognizing volunteers at the Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria. This event recognizes volunteers nominated by the community for their outstanding service. Honoring the volunteers who are the heart and soul of our City is the highlight of this event. There are five awards categories – a Youth Volunteer Service, Joan White Grassroots Volunteer, the Marian Van Landignham Lifetime Achievement, an Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Award, and a RSVP award.

In addition, we will be highlighting every youth volunteer who has served 100 hours and adult volunteers who have served 150 hours. See forms below.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.


Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award Form

Joan White Grassroots Service Award

Youth Volunteer Service Award Form 

Emergency Prepardness Volunteer Service Award Form

RSVP Award Form

Volunteer Service Recognition - Hours

Award Categories & 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.
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.

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, and the Bryce Project.
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 and the American Legion Post#24

RSVP Northern Virgina Award: Given to an RSVP Northern Virginia volunteer 55+, 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: Betty Gentile , Salvatore Manno


Here is what people said about the annual volunteer recognition event:

"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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