NRCA Volunteer of the Year
New River Community Action (NRCA) presented their annual Philip Sadler Memorial NRCA Volunteer of the Year Community Service Award to Charlie Buchinsky at the agency’s Board of Directors’ meeting in Radford on May 17, 2018. NRCA recognized Charlie for his outstanding volunteer service to the NRCA Head Start Program.
As an Eagle Scout service project, Charlie coordinated major repairs to the Christiansburg, Pearisburg and Narrows NRCA Head Start playgrounds. He organized volunteers and donations of materials and heavy equipment to remove and replace the climbing structures, including the installation of 32 new treated wood posts. The project was valued at $9,750 in-kind, including 250 labor hours.
In addition to the NRCA Head Start playground upgrades, Charlie helped with several other Eagle Scout projects, including installing steps on the New River Trail, repairing headstones at a local cemetery, and painting the Parrott fire station. Charlie also played in several local benefit concerts as a jazz band member.
New River Community Action annually presents the Philip Sadler Memorial NRCA Volunteer of the Year Community Service Award in memory of the late Philip Sadler, a Pulaski County attorney, community leader and humanitarian.
Working in collaboration with local health and human service partner agencies, volunteers, community and faith-based organizations, NRCA assists more than 10,000 New River Valley residents each year through a variety of programs that address local conditions of poverty and improve the lives of low-income individuals and families.