Local volunteers honored in the New River Valley

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(Image courtesy of Leading Lights NRV).

(WFXR) – Those who donate their time and energy can make a life-changing difference in those they serve.

It’s with that in mind that a group of volunteers was recently honored for their work in the New River Valley.

The nominees were recognized at Sinkland Farms during a small event led by the New River Valley Leading Lights – an organization that acknowledges and honors volunteers across the New River Valley who are making community-changing impacts.

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, Floyd County
  • * Hope Harrell, Giles County
  • Jeri Rogers, Floyd County
  • Vern Simpson, Montgomery County
  • * Martha Ann Stallings, Montgomery County
  • Portia Dawn Thompson, Floyd County
  • Robyn Toney, Montgomery County
  • Fred & Beth Umberger, Montgomery County
  • * Elizabeth Warriner, Floyd County
  • ** Bill Ellenbogen, Montgomery County
* = distinguished recipient
** = lifetime achievement recipient

Distinguished recipients each received $500 to direct a non-profit of their choice, except for the lifetime achievement recipient who received $1,000 to direct.

Their volunteer efforts include work with animal shelters, food pantries, a fire department, 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. Those organizations recognized included:

  • Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech
  • Cookie Bandits
  • Plenty! Farm and Food Bank
  • New River Valley Public Health Taskforce Volunteers

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

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

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