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
Robert Marro Awarded the 2016 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
In recognition for his years of exemplary community and volunteer work in Fairfax County Robert Marro was honored by the Board of Supervisors with the 2016 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during its October 18, 2016 meeting. 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 services.
This year’s Barbara Varon Volunteer Award recipient was nominated by Supervisor John Foust's office. Mr. Marro has served as the Government Outreach Chair for the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) since 2002, and has been instrumental in giving the ADAMS community a major role in civic engagement in Fairfax and Virginia. Mr. Marro has developed numerous programs to help foreign-born community members understand the Virginia election process, and worked tirelessly to make the ADAMS Center an institute that has become a "mandatory stop" for officials and candidates in every election. He created and oversaw a program to invite candidates to visit Friday prayer services at ADAMS' 11 branch locations to address and meet the almost 5000 worshippers attending each week, and to come to the annual Eid (end of Ramadan) celebrations where there messages can reach over 25,000 area Muslims. Mr. Marro has ensured these invitations are non-partisan, and that ADAMS warmly welcomes candidates and officials of any and every Party.
Over the years, Mr. Marro has led the ADAMS Teams in arranging annual candidate forums and annual Town Hall meetings for local Senators and Delegates to brief hundreds of ADAMS members on issues and activities of the VA Legislative session, and other topical events. The teams organize civic meetings for FBI, DHS, DOJ, State, TSA, USCIS and other US Agency officials to brief the community on their activities and programs. For the "Path to Naturalization" event, Mr. Marro collaborated with eight other New American civic groups, educating an SRO crowd of more than 300 people on how to become US Citizens in time to vote in November.
For more information, contact the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs at 703-324-2220.