Newport News Senior Honored with Statewide Award for Service

Great news about a local senior making a difference in your community!

Newport News senior Annie Clark was recently honored as Senior Corps - Foster Grandparent of the Year at the 2017 Virginia National Service Awards. Rita was honored for her outstanding service at the 2017 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference on May 16th, in Richmond. The event was attended by more than 350 nonprofit and service leaders from across the Commonwealth.

Annie Clark has served with the Foster Grandparent program for more than 20 years mentoring more than 100 students. She currently serves as the the Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program as a team leader for the Hunter B. Andrews Elementary School in Hampton where she volunteers more than 20 hours per week assisting and mentoring first graders. Annie has a deep compassion for children, not only in the school where she serves, but also throughout her community. Outside of the Foster Grandparent program, she shares strong messages about responsibility and character building during impromptu "teaching" moments with children in her neighborhood. During local elections, Annie conveys the importance of voting by mobilizing a "youth brigade" whom she accompanies door-to-door to canvas their neighborhoods. Visitors who come to her home will find a bulletin board with important information about neighborhood activities and political news posted by her front door. In addition to Annie's tireless commitment to youth, she has also served as a volunteer with the local fire department, is a dedicated member of her church, and as the lead for the Crime Watch program in her neighborhood. She sets an amazing example for everyone in her community for outstanding civic engagement and community pride.

Annie was honored along with four other national service members who are serving with other branches of national service in Virginia. The Virginia National Service Awards are presented by the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and Virginia Service Foundation. To see more about these awards, visit http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/2017/05/virginia-national-service-members-honored/.

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