Press Release: 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Honorees



Loudoun Cares Announces 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Award Winners

Winners to be Recognized during Awards Ceremony on April 19 at National Conference Center

Leesburg, VA, March 30, 2019 —
Loudoun Cares today announced the winners of its 3rd annual Outstanding Volunteers Awards, recognizing area residents in 14 categories who made a measurable difference in the lives of the people and nonprofit(s) they served in Loudoun County in 2018.

The awards celebrate the achievements of both individuals and teams of Loudoun County residents who provided distinguished community service in 2018. Award recipients will be recognized in a special ceremony on April 19 at the National Conference Center and attended by the county’s Board of Supervisors, with Chairwoman Phyllis Randall giving the keynote address. The ceremony, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, will take place from 5:30-8:30 pm and is open to the public through ticket sales until April 12.

Winners of the 2019 Volunteer Awards are:

CATEGORY                                       HONOREE                                                     ORGANIZATION

Adult                                                        Sherry Fortier                                                     Peers & Students Taking Action (PASTA)

Adult Team                                             Collaborative Care                                             Loudoun Free Clinic

Adult Public Safety                                Christopher Rogienski                                     Loudoun County Sheriff’s Auxiliary

Senior                                                       Joe Coleman                                                      Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Senior Team                                           Dulles South Senior Center Kitchen             AAA/Dulles South Senior Center

Senior Public Safety                              Sarah Fletcher                                                   Loudoun Volunteer Fire Company

Gabriella Miller Youth                         Esha Venkat                                                        NEST4US

Youth Team                                            Peers & Students Taking Action (PASTA)

Youth Public Safety                               Gardner Austin                                                  Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company

Team (Adult & Youth)                          The Edwin Washington Project                      Diversity and Equality Fairs of Virginia

Community/Civic Organization         Christian Fellowship Church

Corporate Team                                     VISA                                                                     Loudoun Hunger Relief

Project                                                      NHS Group Service Point Coordinators      Riverside High School

Project Leader                                        Mike Wilkins                                                      Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging

The Lifetime of Service Award – new this year – was award to Sherry Fortier for her 10+ years of service to the Loudoun County community. In addition to being the founder and sole adult mentor of Peers and Students Taking Action (PASTA), Sherry has given her time and talent to Loudoun Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, Loudoun Hunger Relief, Rock Ridge PTSO, Legacy Elementary School, and INMED Partnership for Children.

“We’re thrilled to recognize our remarkable local volunteers who quietly devote their time and compassion to help those in need throughout Loudoun County,” said Loudoun Cares Executive Director Valerie Pisierra. “Our county is one of the wealthiest in the nation, but the need for help here is very real. This year’s winners contributed greatly to that need in diverse and impactful ways, and we’re very proud to have the opportunity to recognize them at this special event.”

As a special addition to this year’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards, the Board of Supervisors will recognize an outstanding volunteer in each of their districts who have made a positive contribution in volunteer work. These volunteers will be announced and recognized at the ceremony.

The 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Awards will be emceed by Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce CEO Tony Howard. Loudoun Cares is partnering with West Belmont at National Conference Center to host the annual awards. Additional event sponsors include: Backflow Technology LLC, Northwest Federal Credit Union, Makpar Corporation, United Bank, Jack & Beth O’Donnell & Leesburg Junction, Inova Health Systems, Crown Trophies Ashburn, Alphagraphics, Carried Away Gifts.

Corporate sponsorships are still available for this event – learn more here or contact Valerie Pisierra.

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Contact:                                                   Press Contact:

Valerie Pisierra                                           Trish Drennan or Lisa Allen

Executive Director, Loudoun Cares        Riverpoint Communications

[email protected]                        [email protected]

703.669.2351                                               703.725.7625


Loudoun Cares is a Leesburg-based nonprofit serving the Loudoun community through its Information & Referral Helpline and online Volunteer Center. The Information & Referral Helpline specializes in connecting people in need with resources, information or referrals to local service and support providers. In 2018 alone, the helpline fielded more than 2,200 calls and connected more than 1,100 households with organizations that could help them through hardship. Loudoun Cares’ Volunteer Center is the county’s only online portal connecting volunteers with local non-profits in need of support. In 2018, the Volunteer Center connected roughly 1,700 volunteers to local nonprofits. The Center currently has over 190 nonprofits registered and receives between 80-100 new volunteer registrations each month.

For more information about how to volunteer or to request volunteers, please visit or call 703-669-2351. If you or someone you know needs help, call 703-669-INFO (4636).