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Loudoun honors more than a dozen community crusaders

The Cardone family of Loudoun—Stefani and Joe (not pictured), Michael, 16, Kyle, 14, and Joey, 10—was honored as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year from Volunteer Loudoun June 4. Here the family stands with Volunteer Loudoun Board of Directors President Carol Barbe. Courtesy Photo/Loudoun County
Loudoun's Board of Supervisors honored community champions during its business meeting Wednesday night, spotlighting more than a dozen recipients of Volunteer Loudoun's Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

The 2014 honorees include:

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year – Cardone Family
Their volunteer service in the past year included donating paychecks to feed, clothe, and ensure the safety of families in need, improving resources for children at Camp High Road, creating a program to allow fathers to connect with their children and their school, coordinating hundreds of food items for a shelter, and serving food to the homeless.

Outstanding Adult Public Safety Volunteer – Byron F. Andrews, III
Last year alone, Byron volunteered more than 2,800 hours for the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad. He has been able to recruit and maintain a force of over 180 volunteers. Byron’s leadership as Chief of Sterling Rescue was a critical component in the squad’s selection for EMS Magazine’s Best Volunteer Agency Gold Award.

Outstanding Adult Volunteer Team – Loudoun Literacy Council Adult Literacy Program Volunteers
Loudoun Literacy's Adult ESOL classes are made up of students from over 50 countries who speak over 30 languages. Volunteer teachers commit to a minimum of one day per week for eight to ten weeks. The typical volunteer spends at least sixteen hours per term in direct interaction with learners, in addition helping with registration events, classes, and one-on-one tutoring.

Outstanding Adult Volunteer - Kristen Ellery
A significant amount of resources are needed for Embrace Loudoun’s work with people in our community who are marginalized and lack resources to thrive. As a mom with two preschool children, Kristen still donates approximately 20 hours a week to engage donors, volunteers, businesses, and other partners in order to acquire, store and deploy these resources.

Outstanding Volunteer Organization - Longtime VSA arts of Loudoun Board Members
Marking the 25th anniversary of VSA arts of Loudoun County increased demands on board members to write advertisements, market to local organizations and newspapers, work with a film company to produce a large-scale documentary about VSA, complete grant applications, design and print anniversary t-shirts, plan and implement fundraisers (including a large-scale gala to introduce the documentary), and stage a production.

Outstanding Volunteer Team - Community And Schools Together (CAST Crew)
The program for students (ages 18-22) who are still eligible for Loudoun County Public School services provides community job support and functional daily living skills. In 2013, the Crew helped with every special event at the Carver Senior Center in Purcellville, in addition to helping with daily programs and kitchen cleanup. Through their volunteer efforts at the Carver Center, four students obtained local jobs.

Outstanding Older Adult Volunteer Team – Front Desk Team at The Senior Center of Leesburg
This group of retired seniors handle four-hour shifts at the front desk of The Senior Center of Leesburg, which takes the place of two full-time receptionist positions. The volunteers convey a flawless work ethic, with no call-outs or absences.

Outstanding Volunteer Project – Loudoun Breast Health Network Pink Assistance
Fund As co-chairs of the Loudoun Breast Health Network’s Pink Assistance Fund (PAF), Tammy Gray and Susan Mills worked tirelessly to provide financial assistance to qualified residents undergoing breast cancer treatment. In 2013, PAF helped 24 families with over $57,000 in grants.

Outstanding Project Leader – Daniel Morris
Daniel Morris, an EMT with the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad, created a youth “Explorer Post” to involve youth ages 14-16 in community public safety, improve their leadership skills, and help them gain practical experience in emergency medical service. Since the Post was founded in 2013, many teens have joined, with some advancing to operations and attending county EMT classes.

*Gabriella Miller Outstanding Youth Volunteer - Amanda Dukinfield
When Amanda, a junior at Woodgrove High School, learned about a retreat for Wounded Warriors and their families opening in Loudoun, she was soon working with the retreat’s founder to adorn the walls of each guest cabin with her own local photographs of Western Loudoun. Her project earned her the prestigious Girl Scout Council Gold Award. Amanda is also a precepting EMT with the Purcellville Volunteer Rescue Squad, a volunteer with the Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps, and an Ambassador Girl Scout.

Outstanding Older Adult Volunteer – Ed Peters
At 70-plus years, Ed is an Emergency Medical Technician and President of the Hamilton Volunteer Rescue Squad. In 2013, Ed suffered a blockage to his heart. Despite major surgical intervention, Ed not only returned to staff the ambulance and direct members of the company, he took on an additional responsibility of weekly meetings of Loudoun Fire and Rescue presidents and volunteered for a sub-committee of the group.

Outstanding Youth Volunteer Team - Claude Moore Community Builders
The 2013 class of Claude Moore Community Builders gave more than 2,700 hours of service to the Loudoun community over 1- months, the most of any class in the programs seven-year history. Each student selected for the program performed a minimum of 50 service hours in an individual placement and 50 hours in group service activities. These students plan to continue active volunteer service once they go to college.

*For 2014, the Volunteer Loudoun Board of Directors renamed the youth volunteer category as the "Gabriella Miller Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award" in honor of Leesburg resident and last year’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Gabriella passed away in October 2013 following a battle with cancer. While confronting her diagnosis, she was determined to help other children suffering from cancer.

Above information provided by the Loudoun County public information office.


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