Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
Barbara 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
- Live in Fairfax County.
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of our community's population.
- 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
County Honors Gerald W. (Jerry) Hopkins,
2011 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
In recognition for many years of community and exemplary volunteer work in Fairfax County, Gerald W. (Jerry) Hopkins will be honored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors with the 2011 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during their meeting on December 6th. 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.
Jerry 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, the Affordable Housing Opportunities for Everyone (AHOME), Fairfax County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to the Board of Supervisors, Faith Communities Housing Support Committee, and the Alliance for Human Services. The results of his activities include new affordable dwelling units (ADU) zoning policy in mid and high rise apartments and a strategic plan for long term care for seniors and those with disabilities. These activities attest to his dedication to County citizens, especially those who are need.