Friday, January 11, 2008

Starting Off the New Year Right!

First, I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. To start off the new year strong, I wanted to take the time to recognize some of our volunteers.

We know what makes the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council and the associated programs successful is our dedicated volunteers and the time YOU provide for these programs. From training to public awareness to community outreach to public safety to student programs to ...

The 16th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008. I would like to personally nominate EVERY one of your volunteers (Citizen Corps core organizations AND affiliates) who qualify for the Benchmark Award.

The Benchmark Award is a noncompetitive category and all nominees receive a complimentary invitation and recognition at the event.

Youth who have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service will be honored at the event. Adult nominees should be an individual who has given at least 250 or 500 hours of service to a particular agency in calendar year 2007.

Additional information about the awards can be found at ->

Included on the website is a Benchmark nomination form. If you can please provide the basic information, I can work with the individual to ensure that I have all the other necessary information.

This is a simple way to recognize our volunteers who put in quite a few hours in 2007. While several of your organizations already have recognition programs, I strongly suggest that you also consider participating in this program as ANOTHER way to recognize your volunteers.

PLEASE GET ME THE INFORMATION of those that reached the minimum number of hours by JANUARY 31, so I have time to complete the nomination packet. For those that plan to submit nominations in other categories, please let me know.

In addition your organization may be interested in submitting nominations for the 2008 Virginia Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The deadline for submission is January 31 and additional information can be found at If you do submit a nomination, please let me know.

I look forward to working with you and an excited 2008!

Stay Safe!

Andrew S. Levy, Volunteer
Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council, Chairman

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