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☷ Chesterfield County Virginia - 2022 Chesterfield Community Champions Recognized

☷ Chesterfield County Virginia - 2022 Chesterfield Community Champions Recognized

Chesterfield County , state Virginia
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   Citizen Information and Resources
   April 29 , 2022
   CHESTERFIELD COUNTY , VA
    — Six different individuals/groups were recognized by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors during its April 27 meeting as being Chesterfield Community Champion winners .  
   The program , managed by the Department of Citizen Information and Resources , was created in 2020 to honor residents who volunteer their time and resources to effect positive change in their communities .  
   These awards recognize the impact of volunteer service in the community and celebrates the outstanding residents who are making a difference . Due to the pandemic , this is the first year the Board was able celebrate the Community Champions in person .  
   Here are the six categories and the corresponding winners:
   Youth:
   Tanner Ridley - Smith
    volunteers as a junior historical interpreter at Henricus Historical Park . He is dedicated to paying homage to our Chesterfield ancestors , European , African and especially Native . Thousands of annual visitors and students benefit from the programming offered by Henricus and Tanner is playing a very valuable role in this mission at just twelve years old .
   Teen:
   Andrea Farag
    carries the Virginia 4 - H brand with pride and is passionate about making the organization one that feels inclusive and welcoming to all youth . Her work has focused on empowerment of teens to create safe spaces to carry out dialogue on several key social justice issues . Farag volunteers at least 20 hours a month to work with numerous local and state committees in addition to an average of 500 hours a year at events such as Virginia 4 - H State Cabinet , 4 - H State Congress , and Virginia 4 - H Teen Summit .
   Adult:
   Candy Cecil
    has overseen National Association of Women in Construction ( NAWIC ) members ' giving to Yeshua ' s House residents since 2016 . Yeshua ' s House residents are women and children who are recovering from abuse and in financial transition . She supports The Doorways , a nonprofit that provides a home - like room and food at no cost to family members who need to stay close to a loved one in a Richmond hospital and also started one of the first monthly lunch/meal programs there utilizing volunteers from her church . Lastly , Cecil serves on the Board of Richmond Friends of the Homeless as the secretary .
   Senior:
   Norman Robinson
    volunteers as a Chesterfield Master Gardener . He devotes his talents and time to selflessly serve our community , his fellow volunteers , and the mission of Master Gardeners . His efforts empowered people to undertake projects that connected Master Gardeners to volunteer opportunities and each other , beautified the county and created an educational space where residents can all live , work and play .  
   Group:
   CARITAS Clothing Closet Crew; Stephanie Krupa , Nancy Malatesta and Mary Beth Modena
    spend their volunteer hours assisting the participants in the CARITAS Works program . They help prepare the men to enter the workforce with the proper attire which helps the participants exude confidence . These three volunteers have selflessly devoted more than 10 years and more than 1 , 050 hours each preparing donated professional clothing‑ - sizing , steaming and arranging - - for the men in the CARITAS Workforce Development Program .
   Organization:
   New Life United Methodist Church
    has actively supported and completed 14 senior home service projects over the years 2019 - 2021 , providing labor , material and support for disadvantaged Chesterfield senior citizens . They actively search and provide assistance to senior citizens who are in need . The impact is immeasurable , as each assistance opportunity has had a large impact to the individuals served .
   

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