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 Meredith Awarded the 2017 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award
In recognition for his years of exemplary community and volunteer work in Fairfax County, Robert "Bob" Meredith was honored by the Board of Supervisors with the 2017 Barbara Varon Volunteer Award during its meetng October 24. 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.
This year’s Barbara Varon Volunteer Award recipient was nominated by The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. Mr. Meredith joined the League in 2015 and has been very involved in leading voter registration and education booths in the county. Last year, Bob oversaw and participated in more than 35+ voter drives. As a Fairfax County resident, Bob demonstrated a strong appreciation for the diversity of our community's population, and because of his fluency in Spanish, he has assisted non-English speaking citizens from Hispanic communities with voter registration and election education throughout the county.
This year, Bob became the Voter Registration Chair, which requires hundreds of volunteer hours. Bob has already led two voter registration training sessions at the Packard Center for 40 new League members and will host and oversee many more in the future.
For more information, contact the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs at 703-324-2220.