A rising star athlete whose spinal injury cut short his sports career, Van Brooks founded Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc. to teach children about the value of education to prepare for whatever life may bring. This PVSA honoree will be recognized by his alma mater, Towson University, with its Young Philanthropist Alumni Award this fall.
Barb McLean, a former Air Force nurse, committed to a lifetime of service after delivering an orphaned child to Mother Teresa's orphange in Kolkata, India. The veteran was recently honored with a Lifetime Service Award for decades of giving back, including service through TAPS and Project Linus.
Sam Barringon, Linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, was presented with a bronze PVSA by U.S. Representative Reid Ribble of Wisconsin. Barrington has been instrumental for growing his hometown's First Steps initiative, a program that builds connections between youth and police officers, firefighters, local officials, and politicans through casual afterschool pick-up games.
Crystal-Bianca Cabanas and Diego Alcatraz were recognized for their work with DogE911's Junior Vet Program, having served 349 hours training students and pet owners about how to care for pets in the event of emergencies and distasters.
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Ohio's recognized the impact of its volunteer ombudsmen who volunteered more than 13,000 hours in 2015 advocating on behalf seniors receivin home care and in assisted living programs. Twenty-five ombudsmen were honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award. To learn more about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, read President Obama's 2016 proclamation here.
Volunteer historian, Myron Petrakis, 94, recognized for his work creating memorial for residents killed during the Vietnam War; he has organized and supported events in recognition of Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veteran's Day.
Maria Rose Belding and Grant Nelson were honored with Lifetime Achivement PVSAs for their work developing and implementing a database to connect hungry people with extra food. Read more about Belding on Points of Light's blog.
As part of the New York Yankees' Annual HOPE Week, Barber Shop Books Founder Alvin Irby was recognized with a PVSA, and Yankees players C.C. Sabathia and Dellin Betances furthered his work reading to children. Read more about HOPE Week and the 2016 honorees here.
Bethany Kharrazi, 16, recognized for her advocacy on behalf of her brother and the 30,000 other Americans with cystic fibrosis. In addition to succesful lobbying on Capital Hill to expand research and treatment for the disease, she's also been a team lead on fundraisers such as Cycle for Life.
In 2015, 13,000 volunteer hours had a $23,000 impact at the Marine Corps Air Station New River community. The thirteen honorees included Karen Roe, who received a Lifetime Achivement Award for more than 4,000 hours of service through the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Chris Angelo Anastassatos and Jon Jensen have put more than 4,000 hours into organizing the Reno Elks National Hoopshoot Basketball Freethrow contest along with a local Boys and Girls Club.
Sheriff presented the President's Volunteer Service Lifetime Achivement Award to Karen Clatanoff, who has volunteered more than 4,000 hours since 1994. An additional 104 volunteers were recognized for their combined 10,063 service hours; the Sheriff's office estimated this impact as having a value of $268,788.
Sheraya Smith raised funds and developed a plan to build a serenity garden and beautify landscaping for the residents of Through the Gate, a residential program for formerly incarcerated individuals in Liden, Indiana.
Virginia's First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe, to speak at an April volunteer recognition recognizing the 147,057 hours of service by Fort Lee volunteers in 2015. Honorees will include those receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award in addition to those recognized for service to Fort Lee agencies.
Alyssa Simmons has been a spokesperson for children with sickle cell anemia since she was five, supporting the work of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County, and her service this past year qualified her for a gold President's Volunteer Service Award.
Virginia McLaurin, who has served as a Senior Corps Foster Grandparent since her early 80's, was presented with a President's Volunteer Service Lifetime Achiviement Award by Wendsy Spancer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service as part of a community celebration of Virginia's 107th birthday.
Jeffrey Van Inwegen, MD, has volunteered for more than 20 years with EyeCare America, which was recognized with a Group Award for its service helping to preserve seniors' vision.