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Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to recognize Volunteer Fairfax and express my sincere appreciation to recipients of the 2023 Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards.
Established more than 45 years ago, Volunteer Fairfax matches the skills and interests of thousands of volunteers with the needs of local non-profit organizations. The success of this model and its impact on delivery of needed services is beyond question; Volunteer Fairfax has been rated as one of the most effective community service organizations in the Nation.
Last year alone, over 9,500 individuals contributed more than 20,865 volunteer hours totaling $642,642 in value-added service to the greater community. These staggering numbers are a testament to the strong ethos of public service and of volunteerism that exists in Fairfax County and is one of the many reasons why this community is such a wonderful place to live.
Each year, Volunteer Fairfax selects a few exceptional individuals, groups, or organizations to receive special recognition. It is my great pleasure to include in the Record the following names of the 2023 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards honorees:
Ellicia Seard-McCormick--VF Amplify Award
Tanja Majca--Chairman's Champion
Mark E. Tonkovic--Mason District Champion
Charlotte Hannagan--Braddock District Champion
Elaine Tholen--Dranesville Community Champion
Carl Sell--Franconia District Champion
William G. Bouie--Hunter Mill District Champion
Machand Family--Mount Vernon District Champion
Cathy Jaquette--Providence District Champion
Sal Speziale--Springfield District Champion
Ellanor C Lawrence Park Friends--Sully District Champion
Wayne Vick--Fairfax County Champion, Individual
Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)--Fairfax County Champion, Group
In addition, Benchmark Honors will be awarded in four different categories to commend those who have contributed 100, 250, 500, or 1,000 hours of volunteer time to our community.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that my colleagues join me in commending Volunteer Fairfax for its decades of outstanding community service. I congratulate the recipients of the 2023 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards and thank them and the thousands of other local volunteers for their incredible contributions to our community. Their selfless dedication is worthy of our highest praise and is one of the main reasons that our community is often ranked as one of the best places in the country to live, work, and raise a family.
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