Nominations sought for NRV Leading Lights

NRV Leading Lights is actively seeking volunteer award nominations from across the New River Valley. The Leading Lights awards focus on the impact of a volunteer’s work and leadership. The website is open to nominations for the fourteenth annual awards, and early nominations are encouraged. The deadline is March 1, 2022. The nomination form is available online at

Those previously nominated but not selected as a Distinguished Recipient may be renominated. Individuals and organizations are strongly encouraged to submit nominations for outstanding New River Valley volunteers they know or volunteer with. Administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, club sponsors and youth mentors are invited to nominate young people for the high school and college awards. Groups and organizations cannot be nominated for the awards.

Fellows are engaged in various voluntary activities through the NRV. Collectively, they spend thousands of hours in their lifetime volunteering with clothing banks, rescue and disaster relief teams, as youth mentors, running holidays, overseeing weekend food backpacking programs, helping out at local food kitchens, serving with civic groups, building community, and volunteering. along with many other local charity activities and programs.

Awards are given in three categories: community (seven awards), high school (two awards) and college (two awards). In the community award category, one award is reserved for one volunteer in each county/town in the New River Valley (Floyd County, Giles County, Pulaski County, City of Radford), two in Montgomery County (due population size) and one across the NRV to recognize overall volunteer achievement. Applicants must be current VNR residents or, if nominated for a student category, must be currently enrolled in a VNR school/college. Distinguished recipients in each category will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Strong community involvement
  • Demonstrated lifestyle of dedicated, ongoing and long-term commitment to community
  • Proven Leadership
  • Creativity in initiating and implementing projects that lead to a better quality of life

The NRV Leading Lights organization annually recognizes New River Valley volunteers who make an impact on the community, culminating in an annual celebratory event scheduled for April 12, 2022. The organization honors distinguished recipients with a monetary donation to the non-profit organization of their choice.

Email [email protected] for more information. Area nonprofits collaborate with the Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation (GCAF) for the Annual “Leading Lights: Shedding Light on Neighbors Helping Neighbors” recognition awards for volunteers in our community

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