Volunteer of the Year is our end of year celebration of all the great work our local nonprofits and volunteers accomplish! This year’s event will be hosted at Ballad Brewing in the heart of the River District on the evening of December 17th, 2018 from 5:30-7PM.
The Volunteer of the Year program welcomes community nominations of individuals they believe embody the spirit of volunteerism and who give back to their community through our time and efforts. After the nomination period concludes, there is a community wide vote and a committee selection process to determine the two Volunteer of the Year award recipient winners. The volunteer winners will then have a gift package donated in their name to the local nonprofit of their choice (see the rules and prizes tab located above for details). In order to emphasize the gift all volunteers give, the event is also a recognition ceremony for all nominees, and a time to recognize the nonprofit organizations themselves for the impact they have on our region. Let us know you’ll be joining us by responding to our Facebook event page!
Nominations: Nominations are currently OPEN! If you would like to nominate a volunteer to honor them for their community service (don’t forget, this can include board members as well!) please use the following entry form. You can submit as many nominations as you would like. In the nomination description box, include why you think the nominee exemplifies service to others – we encourage you to mention relevant details such as what organizations they volunteer with, projects they work on, boards they serve on, etc. Lastly, please include your own contact information as the nominator, not the volunteer you are nominating (unless you are nominating yourself!). Nominations will remain open until December 12th.
Voting: Voting opened Wednesday November 28th at 11:59PM, but nominations will remain open through the contest. You can vote once every day, once per contestant until voting closes on December 12th – but you can vote for as many different nominees as you would like!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area (BGCDA) would like to nominate Bishop John A. Campbell for the Volunteer of the Year award. Bishop Campbell has volunteered for BGCDA for over 3 years. He comes in the Foster
Tammy Carter tirelessly promotes Local Food. Whether she is organizing farmers at the Caswell Farmers’ Market in Yanceyville, greeting the community at the Soup’s on 2nd Wednesday Monthly Lunch, cooking the soup and salad to serve to 70 diners monthly,
Lesley is a light to our community. Lesley has touched many with her volunteer work with a variety of causes and organizations, including Virginia Family Network, National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI), Break The Silence, Orange Socks Special Needs Network,
Kara Oaks is a proud Danville native, Averett University sophomore, and National Bonner Leader. She is one of the most positive and funniest people you will ever meet, and she uses that great energy to support regional engagement efforts. Since
Sonya joined the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) Board of Directors in 2015 and has accepted the position of President for 2019, but she has been a trusted and valuable volunteer for almost a decade. Sonya has participated in DRBA
Ms. Brenda is a long-time, hard-working volunteer with the Youth Center in Cardinal Village. She volunteers her time at all the community events and with the after school program, altogether volunteering almost every day of the week. On top of
Lorrie Eanes-Brooks understands the meaning of true selfless volunteerism. She is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Virginia Chapter Board Secretary, Lead Walk Chair, Field Ambassador and Walk Chair. She is also the Vice President for Women United, on the
As volunteers go, there is no one who inspires me more than my good friend and co-worker Rhonda! She serves her community as an AmeriCorps member performing service at the Boys and Girls Club in Chatham while also coaching a
Grace and Main Fellowship nominates Kenneth Bond as Volunteer of the Year. For over five years now, Kenneth has been the head chef of Grace and Main’s “big meal” every fourth Thursday of the year. This meal (done in partnership
Alberta Green is not only a regular Intake Volunteer at God’s Storehouse but also serves as a Board Member, Chair of our Volunteer Committee and as the Captain of our Danville Area Crop Hunger Walk team. Alberta has helped tremendously
Linda Zimmermann created Danville Cares and has helped numerous families. Not only has Linda chosen Danville Cares, she also has been part of the creation of Smokestack Theatre Company. Linda also is Vice President of the Friends of the Danville
Katrina Harrison is the President of The Last Dons, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Katrina has partnered and hosted a school supply giveaway in Caswell County (the Caswell County Back to School Blast) alongside the Community Outreach Ministry. She has also
Rachel McKinney is currently president of the Dan River Region Pilot Club, part of Pilot International, which promotes positive change for communities through service and friendship. Rachel is an active participant in support of local organizations such as Project Lifesaver,
Sheryll Jeffries truly does everything “from the heart”. She is compassionate, giving, thoughtful, dedicated, talented, dependable and creative. She uses all of these qualities to help others in our community. Sheryll works full time as a 2nd grade teacher at
Thomas Clark is a Danville transplant from Henry County, Virginia. Since moving here, Thomas has fully immersed himself into the Danville community and actively finds ways to give back to the region. Thomas is a relationship banker at American National
When you hear the words community engagement & community involvement, Jeff Gignac’s name should be one of the first people you think of. Jeff certainly has a heart for Danville and actively persuades others, especially young professionals, to move here
Leon Zimmermann serves United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County in various capacities. First and foremost, this jovial, good humored man welcomes everyone entering the United Way building with a smile and warm greeting. As our volunteer receptionist, Leon does not allow
I would like to nominate Bill and Mary Lee Black as Volunteer of the Year. They can be treated as one, because they work as one to improve Chatham and the surrounding community. Bill serves on Chatham Town Council, and
Renee is a career volunteer who works tirelessly to make Danville a better place. She works with the following groups: Va. Organizing, Cardinal Village community activist, Sisters of Success, Tender Loving Christians, Ballou Parks and Rec, Stonewall Center Disability group.
We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the Volunteer of the Year for 2018:
Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP
Lakes Media, LLC
Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness
Middle Border Forward
Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen