Leading Lights is actively seeking volunteer award nominations. In 2016, The NRV Leading Lights Board of Directors expanded the traditional awards to a total of eleven.
It’s hoped the expansion encourages more nominations from across the New River Valley – especially from Radford – and encourages more high school and college student nominations, as well.
The Radford Community winner in 2016 was Keith Nunn, and Aaron Miller of RHS was selected as one of the two high school award recipients from the NRV. The website is open to accept nominations for the ninth annual awards and will be accepted until midnight, Feb. 20, 2017. The nomination form is online at www.leadinglightsnrv.org.
NRV Leading Lights recognizes volunteers in the New River Valley each year who are making community-changing impacts culminating in an annual celebratory banquet slated for April 13, 2017. It honors award-winners by making a monetary donation to the non-profit of their choice and honoring all nominees at this prestigious event.
Awards are given in three categories: Community (seven awards), high school (two awards), and college (two awards). In the community award category, there is an award reserved for a volunteer in each county/city of the New River Valley (Floyd County, Giles County, Pulaski County, Radford City), and two in Montgomery County (due to population size), and one across the whole NRV to recognize Lifetime Volunteer Achievement. Nominees must be current residents of the New River Valley or if being nominated for a student category award, they must be currently enrolled in a school/college in the New River Valley. Award winners in each cat
egory will be selected on the following criteria:
- Strong community involvement
- Demonstrated lifestyle of dedicated, continuous, long-term involvement to the community
- Proven leadership
- Creativity in initiating and implementing projects that lead to a better quality of life
Persons who have been nominated before but not selected as an awardee may be nominated again. Individuals and organizations are highly encouraged to submit nominations for outstanding New River Valley volunteers they know or volunteer with. Administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, club sponsors, and youth mentors are asked to nominate young people for the high school and college awards. (Groups and organizations cannot be nominated for awards.)
2016’s sixty-three nominees were engaged in diverse volunteer activities across the New River Valley. Collectively they spent thousands of hours over their lifetimes volunteering with clothing banks, rescue and disaster relief teams, as youth mentors, managing holiday programs, overseeing weekend ‘food backpack’ programs, helping at local food kitchens, serving with civic groups, community building, and literally more than a hundred other noble local charitable activities and programs. Leading Lights is focused on the impact of a volunteer’s work and leadership.
Call 381-2066 or email [email protected] for more information. Area non-profit organizations collaborate with the Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation (GCAF) for the Annual “Leading Lights: Shining a light on neighbors helping neighbors” recognition awards for volunteers in our community.
– – Submitted by Kymn Davidson-Hamley
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