International Volunteer Day Forum 2016

By , Promoting Prosperity Worldwide

Sen. Murphy, Rep. Garamendi, Sen. Wofford, IBM, VEGA, Honor Extraordinary Service—Tell Trump, Congress to Prioritize Volunteers

Congressional champions, government officials, nonprofit organizations, major corporations and thought leaders gathered to celebrate the vital role of American volunteers in effective global development

 Washington, D.C. — On International Volunteer Day, December 5, in Washington, D.C., a broad spectrum of youth and skilled volunteers, congressional champions, government officials, nonprofit organizations and major corporations gathered to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to effective global development.

At the International Volunteer Day Forum and Awards Celebration, thought leaders and doers celebrated the vital role of American volunteers, discussed the special value of volunteers in multi-stakeholder efforts to meet this century’s global development and security challenges and called for prioritizing effective volunteer programs and policies in the new Congress and Trump administration.

The heart of the day was an awards ceremony for remarkable volunteers with powerful stories of the impact around the globe and here at home. Awards were given for the exceptional service of seven volunteers who hail from California, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Wyoming.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., gave the keynote speech on the value of volunteers and prioritizing volunteer service in U.S. foreign assistance. Former Senator Harris Wofford presented the BBC Award to Steve Rosenthal. Justin Finnegan, USAID, Bureau for Food Security’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, offered remarks about the successful John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program and presented the award to Charlene Nash of Tennessee, who was also invited to join Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Dec. 6 at the Tennessee Tuesday Breakfast co-hosted by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Later this week, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. will present VEGA Farmer-to-Farmer SPSP Voluteer of the Year Awardee Neelam Canto-Lugo with a Congressional Commendation.

Read the full press release, with additional quotes here.

Check out the event’s agenda here.

Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) remarks

Following the event, some of our Volunteers of the Year were invited to meet with Members of Congress! 

From left, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer of the Year Charlene Nash, VEGA Managing Director of Communications and Advocacy Angela Canterbury and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).

Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) present Farmer-to-Farmer SPSP Volunteer of the Year Neelam Canto-Lugo with a congressional commendation.

Check out all our photos from the exciting event!

International Volunteer Day 2016

Learn more about our VEGA Volunteers of the Year by scrolling through the gallery below and clicking on the link for each award recipient.

In the News

Articles featuring VEGA Volunteers of the Year:
Neelam Canto-Lugo in Appeal Democrat
Charlene Nash in The Daily Times