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 for the first time, we will present 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. Interested in supporting this event and become an award sponsor? Learn more!

Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award Form 
Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Service Award Form
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
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

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, and Day'Quon Henderson
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

NEW 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.
Previously mentioned for hours: Betty Gentile and Salvatore Manno

2016 Event: The 22nd annual Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria event was fun!
This event was supported by Grosvenor Americas, John Marshall Bank, King Street Wireless, David & Diann Frantz, Jenner & Block, KrekelerBrower Wealth Advisors, LLC, and Speck-Caudron Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and many others. View a list of great sponsors and donors.

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."

View photos and more.

And the 2016 winners are...
Kerry Donley is the Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Awardee 

The Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Service Awardees are 
Maria Cabrera - CASA Chirilagua and Ray Gingrich - Inova Alexandria Hospital

Youth Volunteer Service Award goes to Day 'Quon Henderson

The Emergency Preparedness Awards go to Marco Johnson, MRC and to the American Legion Post #24


Read more about the awardess.

Grassroots Nominees were: 
Ann Masters and Ted Kimmerly - Inova Alexandria Hospital; Dr. Bill Rogers - Carpenter's Shelter; Gerald Loughlin - Prevention of Blindness; Jane Orci and Kathy Killian - Wesley Housing Development Corporation; Jill Ahrold - Community Lodgings

Marian Van Landingham Nominees are: 
Doris Crawford, Lynwood Campbell, MaryAnne Beatty, and Mary Anne Weber.

Previous Winners include:
Marian Van Landingham Lifetime Achievement Award: Marian Van Landingham, David Speck, Nina Tisara John Porter, Lyles Carr Allen Lomax, Val Hawkins, and Gene Steuerle
Joan White Grassroots Volunteer Award: Marya Fitzgerald, Jim Walsh Donald White, Patty Moran Brooke Curran, Scott Kahler Scooter Slade, Seena Foster, Susanne Arnold, and Steve Nearman

Youth Volunteer Service Award: Emma West, Yahya Yaziji, and Isabella Lovain