Claude Moore Community Builders Graduate
On Saturday, March 17, Loudoun Cares graduated its eleventh class of Claude Moore Community Builders (CMCB). The graduation ceremony and celebration took place at West Belmont Place at the National Conference Center. It was a joyous occasion as we celebrated eleven years of Builders serving the Loudoun County community. The CMCB program was established in 2007 with a grant from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, to provide youth in Loudoun County with a certified program that would encourage civic participation, self-awareness, and self-development. All Builders are required to give 100 hours during the program through individual placements at county nonprofits, group service days, and professional development seminars.
Our Builders, ranging from 9th to 12th grade, representing 15 different county high schools, gathered with family and friends to look back on a program year dedicated to volunteering, leadership, and friendships. Chair Phyllis J. Randall, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, addressed the Builders, emphasizing they are in an unprecedented age of social media and to always be kind even when people may misinterpret that kindness for weakness. She emphasized kindness isn’t a weakness and one can be both kind and strong. Chair Randall also encouraged the group to follow their passion in life.
Valerie Pisierra, Loudoun Cares Executive Director, thanked the Builders for an outstanding program year, for being committed to serving their community, reaching beyond their comfort zones, and for always representing the youth of today in a positive light. As a group, the Builders joined forces with over 35 nonprofits and volunteered a total of 5,020 hours this program year, bringing their overall total to 32,304 hours since the program began in 2007. Their dedication has earned them all the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Loudoun Cares is very proud of the Claude Moore Community Builders and we are on the lookout for our Class of 2019! This year we are partnering with Loudoun Youth, Inc and couldn’t be more excited. Applications are now open and will close on April 30, 2018. Click here to learn more about the CMCB program.
Questions about the program and sponsorship opportunities can be directed to Sarah Bauer at [email protected].