Local Youth Award, Recognition Ceremony Highlight National Volunteer Week
Alexandria, VA resident of CPDC’s Stony Brook community receives top Fairfax County youth volunteer award. Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony to be held this week.
April 12, 2016
CPDC’s volunteer engagement team kicked off 2016 National Volunteer Week on a high note as Stony Brook resident and Mount Vernon High School senior Eunice Kwarteng was named Fairfax County Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Listen to Ms. Kwarteng receive the award and her acceptance speech below:
Continuing the momentum, on Wednesday, April 13 CPDC will host its 2016 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, recognizing dozens of volunteers who help ensure our communities are engaged, connected and effectively meeting the needs of residents. Last year, CPDC saw volunteer engagement continue to grow with 329 active volunteers that served more than 27,000 hours across CPDC properties (a 37% increase over 2014).
“Volunteers help drive our country’s progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility. During National Volunteer Week, let us shed the cynicism that says one person cannot make a difference in the lives of others by embracing each of our individual responsibilities to serve and shape a brighter future for all.”
~President Barack Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Volunteer Week 2016
This year, the CPDC volunteer engagement team has introduced new service initiatives in addition to continuing many activities that have proven successful in prior years.
Here is some of what is in the works:
ServiceWorks Last year CPDC welcomed six new service members to the volunteer engagement team. To date, these AmeriCorps VISTAS have helped graduate more than eighty 16-24 year-old scholars from the national ServiceWorks program. With support from nearly 20 success coaches, the CPDC ServiceWorks team is connecting young adults with their dreams and providing resources necessary for them to achieve personal and career success.
Volunteer Institute For the first time ever, the volunteer engagement team will host an Institute to offer the organization’s diverse volunteer base a day of workshops in customer service, professionalism, meeting management, project planning and more.
Join Hands Day (June) This inter-generational day of service will celebrate youth and seniors in action while sharing history and stories through reading, writing, talking and playing. The focus will be to prevent learning loss over the summer and to create materials to support CPDC’s youth summer camps.
Joy Makers (November-December) For the past several years CPDC has provided toys during the holidays to young people across our communities through the generous donations of corporate partners and CPDC staff.
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