Childhelp’s Make A Difference Dinner to Honor Virginia Volunteers

FAIRFAX, Virginia. (January 27, 2010) – On February 1st, Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia Volunteer Program will be holding its 3rd annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner called the “Making a Difference” Dinner. The event will take place from 6:30-9:30 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks, located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030.

U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly, VA-11, will be attending the event and giving a speech on the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. He will be presented with the Hero of the Children Award for his help in securing a FY 2010 Funding Request of $200,000 for CCCV and its mental health program. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova will be attending the event and giving a speech on the importance of working with at-risk and abused children and will assist in the presentation of awards to volunteers.

The Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia Volunteer Program operates a mentor and tutor program which consists of 60 at-risk youth identified by Fairfax County Child Protective Services, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Libraries, Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect, and Victim’s Services. These youth, ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old, were matched with trained adults who help navigate them through the dangers of life, steering them in the right direction and reinforcing our motto “Determination + Hard Work + Discipline = The Way to Success”. Childhelp will graduate its first senior class this year, with all seniors attending some form of higher education.

In April of 2009, the Childhelp Children’s Center of Virginia Volunteer Programs received the 2009 Volunteer Program of the Year Award from Volunteer Fairfax and Fairfax County. The Childhelp Washington Area Chapter received the 2009 Adult Volunteer Group of the Year Award from Volunteer Fairfax and Fairfax County. In June of 2009, Volunteer Programs received the 2009 Blue Diamond Award for civic engagement awarded by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, 204 volunteers donated 11,517 volunteer hours to the center. Over 60 chapter members donated over 5,500 volunteer hours to Childhelp.

Childhelp will be honoring its volunteers which include: mentors, tutors, center volunteers, playroom volunteers, K-3 Reading Partners, chapter members, and board members. Six volunteers were selected to receive the “You Make a Difference” Award, recipients include: Megan Martin, Most Mentor Hours 2009- from Prince William County, VA; Emily Wilson, Most Tutor Hours 2009- from Arlington County, VA; Dave Rubando, Most Driven Award 2009- from Fairfax County, VA; Natalie Lambert, Public Awareness Award- from Fairfax County, VA; Christine Rales, Capitol Careoake 2009- from Washington, D.C.; Heather Corsini, Capitol Careoake 2009- from Montgomery County, MD.

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