Community Awards


Lifetime of Service Award: This award recognizes and celebrates an individual for whom volunteerism and service to others is a part of the fabric of their being. Whether through their organized volunteer work or through their pattern of consistently thinking of and acting on other needs before their own, this person’s life is an example of a life lived for their community.

Distinguished County Service Award: Given to an individual or group who, through volunteerism, have shown outstanding commitment and care to the citizens of Arlington.

Distinguished Corporate Service Award: Given to a private, Arlington business or corporation, or an employee volunteer group therof, that through volunteerism, has shown outstanding commitment and care to the citizens of Arlington.

RSVP Award: Representing the efforts of the RSVP Northern Virginia program, which works with volunteers ages 55 and older, this individual is 55 or over and has used their skills and interests to make a valuable, lasting impact in our community.

Family Volunteer Service Award: Given to a family who has made caring and volunteerism core values and whose work has included all ages in making a difference in Arlington.

Youth Volunteer Service Award (18 or Under): Given to a youth who has chosen to go above and beyond service hour requirements. This award celebrates initiative, finding a passionate cause, and creating a way to make a significant impact in the lives of those other than oneself.


Nomination and Award Timeline:

March 1, 2021: Nominations Open. Download the Community Awards nomination form here. Download the Volunteer Arlington Award nomination form here
May 3, 2021 at 5:00pm: Nomination Deadline. Please submit nominations to Lisa Fikes, Executive Director of Volunteer Arlington, at with the subject, “Volunteer Arlington Community Service Award Nomination."
May 4, 2021: Nomination forms are sent to Volunteer Arlington Advisory Council for evaluation.
Mid-May, 2021: Nominators with award winners are contacted by phone. Emails sent to other nominators.
July 1, 2021: Deadline for nonprofit and County Partners to submit names of those volunteers who have served 100 hours during the course of one year. Submission form available for download here.
July 27, 2021, 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Awards given at the virtual "Arlington Cares: A Celebration of Volunteerism"