Persons who have been nominated before but not selected as an awardee may be nominated again. Individuals and organizations are highly encouraged to submit nominations for outstanding New River Valley volunteers they know or volunteer with. Administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, club sponsors, and youth mentors are asked to nominate young people for the high school and college awards. (Groups and organizations cannot be nominated for awards.) Leading Lights is focused on the impact of a volunteer’s work and leadership in the NRV.
Awards are given in three categories: Community (seven awards), high school (two awards), and college (two awards). In the community award category, there is an award reserved for a volunteer in each county/city of the New River Valley (Floyd County, Giles County, Pulaski County, Radford City), and two in Montgomery County (due to population size), and one across the whole NRV to recognize Lifetime Volunteer Achievement. Nominees must be current residents of the New River Valley or if being nominated for a student category award, they must be currently enrolled in a school/college in the New River Valley. Award winners in each category will be selected on the following criteria:
- Strong community involvement
- Demonstrated lifestyle of dedicated, continuous, long-term involvement to the community
- Proven leadership
- Creativity in initiating and implementing projects that lead to a better quality of life
Call (540) 381-2066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if more information is needed. Area non-profit organizations collaborate with the Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation (GCAF) for the Annual “Leading Lights: Shining a light on neighbors helping neighbors” recognition awards for volunteers in our community.