Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria!

Every year, Volunteer Alexandria recognizes those who serve their community at the Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria  event. We celebrate volunteers nominated by our nonprofit partners and the community for their outstanding service. Honoring those who are the heart and soul of the City of Alexandria is the highlight of this event. 

The 2018 Award Recipients were: James (Jim) Durham, Jane Powell, Odalis del Cid Reyes, Celia Boertlein, and Marjorie Windelberg. Read about their outstanding service to our communityAdditionally, we highlight youth and adult volunteers who have served many hours during one year. Nomination forms can be found HEREPurchase your ticket today!

Live music, an auction, food and wine, and great people. See what this is all about and celebrate with us. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. 

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. There are many benefits to sponsoring. 

Last year's supporters were:


Greenhill's Pickett Place Foundation | The Goodhart Group

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 and Jim Durham.

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 and  Jane Powell. 
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 and Odalis del Cid Reyes.

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 and  Marjorie Windelberg.

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 and Celia Boertlein.

Previously mentioned for hours include: Betty Gentile, Salvatore Manno.
RSVP Award Form

Volunteer Service Recognition - Hours - 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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