Betty Kerley Receives Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Nov. 20, 2012


  • Retired librarian Betty Kerley recognized for volunteer work.
  • Tutors county residents in basic computer skills.
  • Commitment to serve residents including, but not limited to, seniors and those new to the country.



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Betty Kerley (center) receives the Barbara Varon Volunteer Award at the Nov. 20 Board of Supervisors meeting.

In recognition for her many years of community and exemplary volunteer work in Fairfax County, Betty Kerley was honored by the Board of Supervisors with the 2012 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during its meeting Nov. 20. 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.

"Betty Kerley has demonstrated her commitment to serving all county citizens, including, but not limited to, seniors and those new in the country," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova during the recognition.

Kerley's volunteer work teaches library customers computer skills to meet their needs. After she retired as a librarian from the Fairfax County Public Library in 2001, Kerley returned to the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library as a volunteer technology tutor. Over the years she worked one-on-one to teach basic computer skills to county residents, including how to set up email accounts, fill out online employment applications, complete immigration paperwork online and open Facebook accounts to connect with their relatives. These skills enable residents to search the Internet and identify services offered in Fairfax County.

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.

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


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