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George Romney Award for Excellence Back To Main

VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads is Recognized as
Nation’s Outstanding Volunteer Center

NORFOLK, VA (August 1, 2007) – VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads has been recognized as the nation’s outstanding volunteer center as the recipient of the 2007 George W. Romney Volunteer Center Excellence Award.  This prestigious, national award was presented by The Points of Light Foundation at the Annual National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service.  The conference was convened in Philadelphia, Pa. by the foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service July 16-18.

 “This is an incredible honor,” notes VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads President & CEO Elizabeth Lloyd.  “We were selected from a field of over 350 volunteer centers in the country, and we are delighted to receive it during our 50th Anniversary year.  The board and staff of VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads believe this award recognizes not only our commitment and efforts to strengthen local nonprofits through training and volunteer programs, but it also pays tribute to Hampton Roads’ dynamic nonprofit sector and extraordinary volunteers.”

 The award was established in 1996 to honor Governor Romney and his personal commitment to Volunteer Centers and to service at all levels of society.  Governor Romney was chair and CEO of American Motors, three-term governor of Michigan and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  He was a founding board member of the Points of Light Foundation.  Governor Romney never missed an opportunity to encourage and nurture community service.  He believed that each person can make a difference in the lives of others.  He believed passionately in the importance of a strong, viable and highly visible network of Volunteer Centers.

The award recognizes excellence in Volunteer Center core competencies which include:

  • Connecting volunteers with the opportunity to serve

  • Building local capacity for effective nonprofit management

  • Promoting volunteerism

  • Participating in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers to meet local needs

VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads has been serving Hampton Roads since 1957 and is a training and management organization for the nonprofit sector, delivering its services through three primary product streams:  nonprofit training, corporate programming and volunteerism.   It is southeastern Virginia’s recognized leader of programs, partnerships and services that maximize the resources and impact of Hampton Roads’ nonprofit sector and its volunteers.  VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads does not provide shelter for the homeless or food to the hungry.  However, its work empowers nonprofits to accomplish these goals more effectively.  It empowers individuals to make volunteering part of their lifestyle and delivers leadership development training for nonprofit boards and staff members.  


PHOTO CAPTIONElizabeth Lloyd, president & CEO of VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads (center), receives the George W. Romney Volunteer Center Excellence Award from 2006 honoree De De Hicks (left), president & CEO of The Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach (Calif.), and Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher (right), chair of the Volunteer Center National Network Council.  The award was presented at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service held in Philadelphia, Penn.


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