2011 Barbara Varon Award

Dec. 6, 2011

Gerald W. (Jerry) Hopkins Honored with Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

2011 Barbara Varon Award In recognition for his many years of community and exemplary volunteer work in Fairfax County, Gerald W. (Jerry) Hopkins was honored by the Board of Supervisors with the 2011 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during its meeting Dec. 6. The award, named to honor the memory of Barbara Varon, former chairman of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, was established to recognize a Fairfax County resident’s dedication to improving the community through volunteer service.

Hopkins has been an advocate and developed programs on behalf of the county’s seniors and those with disabilities in the area of affordable housing. He has led many county volunteer activities including, but not limited to, Affordable Housing Opportunities for Everyone (AHOME), the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to the Board of Supervisors, the Faith Communities Housing Support Committee and the Alliance for Human Services. The results of his activities include a new affordable dwelling units zoning policy in mid- and high-rise apartments and a strategic plan for long-term care for seniors and those with disabilities.

The award nominees must reside 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 and be known for encouraging others to do the same.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said during the recognition, “Jerry Hopkins’ volunteerism reflects his commitment and appreciation for Fairfax County’s diverse population and desire to have a positive impact on the community.”

For more information regarding this award, contact Martha Villanigro-Santiago at 703-324-2207, TTY 703-222-5494, or visit the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs.

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