Invitation: VEGA 10th Anniversary and Volunteer of the Year Awards Event

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On May 13, 2014, the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance invites you to attend its annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding volunteers. This year’s event will feature presentations of the award winners, remarks from Eric Postel, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), plus an in-depth conversation about the impact of international volunteering, with a special presentation by Professor Benjamin Lough. We are delighted that this event is cohosted by the Building Bridges Coalition.

Not only will VEGA honor exemplary volunteers, but for the 10th Anniversary this year, we will give a special award to the VEGA Volunteers of the Decade.

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Volunteers of the Decade:

  • Harold “Hal” Handley – Volunteer of the Decade, Winner, nominated by IESC
  • David Pearce – Volunteer of the Decade, Honorable Mention, nominated by Winrock International

2013 Award Winners:

  • Andrea Tang – Mid-Career Award, Winner, nominated by Pyxera Global
  • Anais Troadec – Alliance Award, Winner, nominated by Winrock International
  • Robert Alexandriysky – Program Award, Winner, nominated by IESC


Tuesday, May 13, 2014
8:30am   Coffee and Networking
9:00am   Presentation and Discussion
11:00am  Adjourn

1:30-4:30pm** The Building Bridges Coalition welcomes attendees to join its members on Capitol Hill to speak with Congressional leaders about H.Con.Res.70 – Recognizing the critical contributions international volunteers provide to the United States


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Who should attend:

  • VEGA Member organization staff
  • Building Bridges Coalition members staff
  • USAID staff
  • Members of the SEEP Network, SID/w, and InterAction
  • Other government agency staff
  • Anyone interested in international development or volunteering

Special Guest:

Eric Postel, USAID's Assistant Administrator for the E3 Bureau

Eric Postel, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for the E3 Bureau

Eric Postel, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), will offer remarks at the event.

Mr. Postel is working to implement President Obama’s call to “elevate broad-based economic growth as a top priority” of U.S. development efforts overseas. He is also focusing on increasing Agency engagement with the private sector. He strongly believes that other bureau activities involving Education, Infrastructure, Land Tenure, Gender and the Environment also contribute to sustainable economic growth. Mr. Postel serves as the Agency’s coordinator for the government-wide Partnership for Growth program.

Special Presentation:

Benjamin Lough, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Benjamin Lough, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Professor Benjamin Lough is one of the foremost researchers in the U.S. on international volunteerism. He will provide an overview of the impact of volunteerism on development projects. He also will facilitate a discussion between the audience and the honorees about volunteerism.

Dr. Lough currently teaches courses in Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities, Management of Human Service Organizations, and International Social Work at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. His research interests include: international volunteering and service, community development, nonprofit management, and social work education.

Dr. Lough is currently engaged in an experimental study, in collaboration with the Brookings Institution and OmniMed, to assess the contributions of Village Health Teams to public health and local capacity in rural Uganda. In addition, he continues to work with the International Forum on Development Service to assess the impacts of international volunteerism on communities, host organizations, and volunteers.


BBC logoThis event is cohosted by the Building Bridges Coalition, a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to promote the field of international volunteering. The BBC is a project of the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service and is comprised of international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and colleges, government agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

Members of the Building Bridges Coalition welcome all to speak with Congressional Leaders. Attendees who RSVP for this afternoon event will receive additional details.

H.Con.Res.70 – Recognizing the critical contributions international volunteers provide to the United States

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that Congress–

  1. recognizes “International Service Day” as a day to appreciate citizens around the world who volunteer in other nations in service to others;
  2. honors and congratulates the tens of thousands of United States citizens who selflessly take part in international volunteer service activities each year;
  3. expresses its hope that tens of thousands of United States citizens will continue to engage in international service, bringing the spirit and values of the Nation’s people to all corners of the globe; and
  4. calls on the Administration to further develop the strong spirit of partnership and global service connecting the United States Peace Corps with its nonprofit, faith-based, and corporate actors in service for enhanced impacts in cross-cultural understanding and development outcomes.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of VEGA and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.