Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Announces the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Aug. 13, 2004

 

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Announces the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Nominations are currently being accepted for Fairfax County’s inaugural Barbara Varon Volunteer Award. This award will be given annually to a county resident whose dedication to improving the community through volunteer service honors the memory of Barbara Varon, former chairman of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. Nominations must be received no later than Sept. 15, 2004.

To qualify for the award, nominees must:

1. Live in Fairfax County.
2. Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of our community’s population.
3. Exhibit patriotism.
4. Show evidence of having a positive effect on the community.
5. Be known for encouraging others to do the same.

To nominate someone for this honor an application must be filled out and sent to:

The Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
Office of Equity Programs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 339
Fairfax VA 22035-0041

Applications are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oep/bvaronapp.pdf, or applicants can call the Office of Equity Programs at 703-324-2207, TTY 703-222-5494 to request an application.

Applications must include, in 200 words or less, the nominee’s qualifications, the unique nature of the volunteerism, how and what was accomplished, and the length of time served in each volunteer activity. Completed nomination forms should also include the nominee’s name, address and phone number. Nominations must be received no later than Sept. 15, 2004, to be considered. Nominations will then be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and the award will be presented in October.

Barbara Varon, a native of Germany, immigrated to America as an adult. She was devoted to her adopted land. As a world traveler who could speak several languages, she worked as a translator. Joining the Fairfax County Office of the General Registrar, she was committed to a voter registration outreach program for high school students. Using her linguistic skills, she wrote brochures and designed pamphlets to inform the voting public. Appointed to the Fairfax County Electoral Board, Varon served as vice chairman and chairman. Varon and her husband, Ben, generously donated their time to many volunteer organizations and frequently made generous anonymous donations to those in need. Varon fought for the rights and privileges of all citizens to participate in the electoral process. Friends, colleagues and admirers recall Varon as courageous, elegant, gracious, caring, beloved and unselfish. The Board of Supervisors has memorialized her accomplishments through the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award to recognize volunteer efforts enriching Fairfax County.

For more information regarding this award, please contact William A. Spencer, director, Office of Equity Programs at 703-324-2207, TTY 703-222-5494, or visit the Web at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oep/bvaronbrochure.pdf.

FAIRFAX COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO A POLICY OF NONDISCRIMINATION IN ALL COUNTY PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES AND WILL PROVIDE REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS UPON REQUEST. TO REQUEST SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS, CALL 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935. PLEASE ALLOW FIVE WORKING DAYS IN ADVANCE OF EVENTS IN ORDER TO MAKE THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS

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