Nominate Residents for the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

June 14, 2005

Nominate Residents for the
Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Nominations are being accepted for Fairfax County’s Barbara Varon Volunteer Award, which recognizes a county resident whose dedication to improving the community through volunteer service honors the memory of Barbara Varon, former chair of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. Nominations must be received by Sept. 16.

To qualify for the award, nominees must:
· Live in Fairfax County
· Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of the community’s population
· Exhibit patriotism
· Show evidence of having a positive effect on the community
· Be known for encouraging others to do the same

Applications are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oep/bvaronapp.pdf, or by calling the Office of Equity Programs at 703-324-2207, TTY 703-222-5494. Send completed applications to:

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

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. Nominations should also include the resident’s name, address and phone number. The award will be presented in October.

In 2004, Toa Do was honored with the inaugural volunteer award in recognition of service on numerous boards and commissions to empower new American communities and minorities in Fairfax County. Since 1991, Do has encouraged new Americans to perform their civic duty and participate in the political process.

Varon, a native of Germany, immigrated to America as an adult and was devoted to her adopted land. As a world traveler who could speak several languages, she worked as a translator. Joining the General Registrar’s Office, 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. 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. The Board of Supervisors has memorialized her accomplishments through this 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oep/bvaronbrochure.pdf.

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