Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

Varon Volunteer Award
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors announces its annual Barbara Varon Volunteer Award. This award is given annually to a Fairfax 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. 

Barbara VaronBarbara Varon, a native of Germany, emigrated 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 to 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, Barbara served as Vice Chairman and Chairman. Barbara and her husband Ben generously donated their time to many volunteer organizations and frequently made generous anonymous donations to those in need. Barbara fought for the rights and privileges of all citizens to participate in the electoral process. Friends, colleagues and admirers recall Barbara 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.

Who Should be Nominated

Nominees must:

  1. Live in Fairfax County.
  2. Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of our community's population.
  3. Exhibit patriotism by participating in electoral process educating others about the rights and privileges of all citizens to participate in electoral process, and/or participating in voter registration outreach.


How to Apply for the Award

Applications must include, in 350 words or less, the nominee's qualifications and the length of time served in each volunteer work. Please include the nominee's name, address, telephone number and email address on the application. Nominations must be received no later than the second Tuesday of June. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and the award will be presented in October.

Presentations are open to public.

Mail your application to:
The Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 318
Fairfax VA 22035

703-324-2953, TTY 711
FAX: 703-324-3305

County Honors Viveka Fuenzalida,

2013 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award

In recognition for her many years of community and exemplary volunteer work in Fairfax County, Viveka Fuenzalida was honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors with the 2013 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during its meeting on October 8th. The award, named in honor of 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.

This year's Barbara Varon Volunteer Award recipient has worked tirelessly to promote voter registration activities amongst residents new to Fairfax County and our country.  Since 1990, Viveka Fuenzalida has been a member of the League of women Voters of the Fairfax area.  She plays an essential role in numerous League activities, including, but not limited to, special arrangements committee chair for the League's annual and general meeting and unit officer.  She also is a volunteer with Reston-Herndon Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help.  This is a volunteer, non-sectarian, non-profit corporation dedicated to helping local residents through short term crises, and she conducts financial assistance classes to Spanish speaking participants.  Viveka conducts all her activities with unfailing friendiness and attention to detail.

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