By MELINDA WILLIAMS
If you know a Pulaski County volunteer whose service impacts the community and who serves as a model to inspire others, New River Valley Leading Lights wants to hear from you.
The steering committee of the Leading Lights non-profit coalition is preparing to present its sixth annual volunteer awards, but it is appealing for more nominations from Pulaski, Giles and Floyd counties.
Nominations will be accepted until midnight Monday, Feb. 17. They will be presented at the annual Leading Lights banquet, April 10, at the German Club Manor adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus. Seating is limited.
In addition to the amount of time spent volunteering, Leading Lights also is interested in the impact and leadership a volunteer has on the community. Nominees must be current residents of the New River Valley or be enrolled in NRV schools.
Nominations for high school and college volunteers are “highly sought” since two of the five awards will be presented in high school and college categories. Three community awards will be given.
Leading Lights donates $1,000 to the non-profit of each winner’s choice.
The following criteria will be used to select award winners: strong community involvement; demonstrated lifestyle of dedicated, continuous, long-term involvement to the community; proven leadership, and creativity in initiating and implementing projects that lead to a better quality of life.
The award selection committee includes representation from across the New River Valley.
Forty-five nominations were received in 2013. The Community winners were Colonel John H. Getgood, Floyd, Doris Hendrickson, Radford, and Kim Schwenk, Blacksburg. The College winner was Ryan Brock, Virginia Tech, and the High School award went to Laura Froggart, Radford High School.
The 2013 volunteers gave their time to a wide array of services, including clothing banks, non-profit art centers, animal shelters, mentoring youth, helping veterans, civic improvement, community building, etc.
To nominate a volunteer or volunteers, visit www.leadinglightsnrv.org. A nomination form is available online and nominations will not be accepted by any other means. Prior nominees who were not winners can be nominated again. Only individuals can be nominated – not groups or couples.
Formed in 2008-2009 and led by the Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation (GCAF), Leading Lights is a community-wide team effort led by representatives from local non-profits such as the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, Community Foundation of the NRV, Montgomery County Public Schools, VT-Engage, YMCA at Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech, Radford University, New River Community College, NRV education leaders, and the faith community.