Vitale honored for Outstanding Community Service

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Karen Finch presents Margie Vitalie with the NSDAR Community Service Award as MCEAP volunteers look on. L to R George McNeill, Deb Christman, Bob Bratton, Laura Sanford, Esther Brann, Paula King and Joann Sutphin. Photo by Douglas W. Kanney.
On September 18, Margie Vitalie was honored by the Alleghany Chapter, Virginia DAR with the Award for Outstanding Community Service. The surprise presentation was made by Karen Finch, Regent of the Alleghany Chapter, at the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP). The Alleghany Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service group made up of almost 100 friendly and welcoming women dedicated to historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Margie is the President and Manager of Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP) and has volunteered at MCEAP for decades. She began in 2001 as a volunteer when she was asked to help organize the thrift store when it was located at the Curtis Motors location on Roanoke Street. For the last 10+ years, she has been the General Manager of the Store located at 308 W. Main Street in Christiansburg. MCEAP has been housed in several locations but Margie was the primary motivator for opening the very successful resale/thrift store at the latest location four years ago. In addition, in October 2019, Margie was responsible for obtaining a property to set up another store-MCEAP Home Store & More at 760 Roanoke Street in Christiansburg. It sells furniture, electronics, home goods, rugs, etc. that are donated to MCEAP and the store has been very successful.

Joann Sutphin, Alleghany Chapter Chairperson for the Awards Committee, said, “Since Margie has been such a big part of helping provide our community with needs that the thrift store provides and for her years of dedication, The Alleghany Chapter would like to show Margie our support with this award.”

Board Member of Montgomery County Christmas Store, Terri Lynn Howard, was asked by Harriet Williams, DAR member, to write a letter recommending Margie for the award. It was so easy to do because Margie works tirelessly to provide assistance for low-income people in
Montgomery County who she sees as “her brothers and sisters”. Her mission is “to offer a hand up, not a hand out and to make everyone whole again”. Esther V. Brann, Secretary of the MCEAP Board said, “Margie’s time spent with MCEAP and other organizations is lovingly
volunteered by her. She is willing to spread MCEAP’s message and philosophy of ‘striving to assist county residents in maintaining their households and restoring their self-sufficiency’ to anyone or any organization who is interested.”

Margie is a Board member of the Montgomery County Christmas Store. MCEAP partners with the Christmas Store to meet the needs of eligible low-income families that shop at the Christmas Store and MCEAP for Christmas.