Local volunteers honored in the New River Valley


(WFXR) – Those who give of their time and energy can make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

It is with this in mind that a group of volunteers were recently honored for their work in the New River Valley.

The nominees were recognized at Sinkland Farms at a small event run by New River Valley Leading Lights, an organization that recognizes and honors New River Valley volunteers who make an impact in the community.

The nominees who were recognized included:

  • * Anna French, Auburn High School
  • * Brianna Moser, Narrows High School
  • * Grace Ankeney, New River Community College
  • Alivia Colon, Virginia Tech
  • * Jarret Holmes, Virginia Tech
  • * Erica Martin, Virginia Tech
  • Isabelle Largen, Virginia Tech
  • Eli Miller, New River Community College
  • * Darla Bray, Mongomery County
  • * Kathryn Daily, Radford
  • Bill and Corrine Graefe, County Floyd
  • * Hope Harrell, County Giles
  • Jeri Rogers, Floyd County
  • Vern Simpson, Montgomery County
  • * Martha Ann Stallings, Montgomery County
  • Portia Dawn Thompson, Floyd County
  • Robyn Toney, Montgomery County
  • Fred and Beth Umberger, Montgomery County
  • * Elizabeth Warriner, County Floyd
  • ** Bill Ellenbogen, Montgomery County
* = distinguished recipient
** = recipient for lifetime achievement

Distinguished recipients each received $ 500 to lead a non-profit organization of their choice, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement recipient who received $ 1,000 to lead.

Their volunteer efforts include working with animal shelters, pantries, fire departments, after-school programs, libraries, financial support, COVID-19 vaccinations, event coordination, community groups. , Dialogue on Race, clothing drives, stadium woods, Friends of the Huckleberry Trail, Women’s Resource Center, March of Dimes and more.

This year’s event also had a special COVID-19 Heroes category to recognize the work of organizations during the pandemic. Recognized organizations included:

  • Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech
  • Cookie Bandits
  • A lot! Farm and food bank
  • New River Valley Public Health Task Force Volunteers

These groups helped provide food to those in need, brought joy to others during a difficult time, and coordinated efforts for testing and vaccination and more.

Volunteer applications for 2022 will be taken later this fall. To learn more about the organization and how you can nominate someone, click here.

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