On Tuesday, July 25, Volunteer Arlington hosted their first annual “Arlington Cares: A Celebration of Volunteerism” event and AFAC was well represented! Andy Lee, a 26+ year AFAC volunteer, received the Lifetime of Service Award. “When I first started volunteering at AFAC back in the Fall of 1990, we were serving around 60 families per week at one distribution out of the then Clarendon Baptist Church,” said Lee during his acceptance speech. “Fast forward to 2017, and we are serving upwards to 2500 families each week at multiple sites throughout Arlington. I have seen many changes take place at AFAC over the years, and yet one thing has remained constant: we have never had to turn away a client because we did not have the resources to serve them. This is a testament to the incredible generosity of this community. Whether you volunteer your time at an AFAC event or activity, write a check, or plant a seed and nurture it so that our families can enjoy fresh produce, you are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Over the years I have had the honor of serving with literally hundreds of incredible volunteers, some who are no longer with us, and many who are here tonight. I accept this award on behalf of all of our volunteers. We are all truly blessed to be part of such an amazing community.”
Bloomberg BNA received Distinguished Corporate Service Award for their commitment to AFAC. “AFAC plays such an important role in the community,” said Jean Lockhart, chief of staff of Bloomberg BNA. “Our employees are truly able to have an impact where they live and work.”
Also recognized were members of the community who have served over 100 volunteer hours to an organization for this calendar year so far, including 37 volunteers from AFAC.
Click here for Volunteer Arlington’s press release recapping the event.