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Celebrating volunteers powering good
By The Community Foundation / April 9, 2019
Celebrating volunteers powering good

We are believers that nonprofits can and do change the world, and that volunteers are essential to making change happen. Power of Good is our platform of thanks and a way in which people in our community can recognize and celebrate their peers who are "powering good" through service. As part of National Volunteer Week, Power of Good is in its 6th year and is a collaboration between HandsOn Greater Richmond (a service of the Community Foundation) and The Spark Mill.  

Here are a few of the 436 volunteers recognized through Power of Good in 2019:

Tiffany Graham

Tiffany Graham

Powers good with: Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, Tucker Pavilion, Building Skills for Life, Mental Health America of Virginia, NAMI, V.O.C.A.L. - Virginia Peers speaking up for Mental Health Recovery, RUBICON and Virginia Family Services
Tiffany’s nominator says: “In a time with mental health supports for families, caregivers and patients few; Ms. Graham is a breath of life!”
Why Tiffany volunteers: “Be the change you want to see.” 

 

Adolph Brown

Adolph Brown

Powers good with: NAACP, Higher Achievement Gap, Young Democrats of RVA, Virginia 21, and RVA Democrats
One of Adolph’s nominators says: “He’s a conscientious community servant interested in helping all people reach better circumstances.”
Why Adolph volunteers: “Volunteering in your community teaches you compassion and understanding.  Many people do not realize many of the community service opportunities are right in your very own neighborhood. As I become older I think I will always be involved in community service and non profits. Not just because I think it is important but because it is something I enjoy and look forward to. I love bringing joy and through community service and uplifting others in the community. My Fraternity's motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity” and I live by that.”

Erin Dempsey

Erin Dempsey

Powers good with: Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Feed More, American Red Cross, St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond Animal League
Erin’s nominator says: “Erin gives to the community spending time with neighbors in various ways, improving lives showing compassion and empathy.”
Why Erin volunteers: “I choose to volunteer because my parents and grandparents set a strong example and I feel as if it's a social responsibility to take care of our community.  I have the unique opportunity to do that, be passionate about it, and I'm fortunate to have a husband who supports me the whole way.”

 

Tanyqua Williams

Tanyqua Williams

Powers good with: Circles RVA, Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Shood, 

Tanyqua’s nominator says: "Tanyqua powers good by bringing her energetic spirit and invaluable life experiences to support people towards economic stability!”
Why Tanyqua volunteers: “Despite my childhood and personal challenges, I was blessed with folks still willing to guide and lend a helping hand. When you have been blessed it is your duty to pass it forward.”

Meredith Carrington

Meredith Carrington

Powers good with: Worthdays, Camp Alkulana
Meredith's nominator says: "Through her gift of graphic design, Meredith gives back to multiple organizations doing GOOD in our community.
Why Meredith volunteers: "We are all given unique gifts in this life; what we do with them is our repayment to the communities that originally lifted us up."

 

Ellen Victoria LuckeyEllen Victoria Luckey

Powers good with: FeedMore, Cultural Arts Center, Communities In Schools, PAL (Police Athletic League), NextUp RVA, Mayor's Youth Initiative, Richmond Public Schools, Petersburg Public Schools, Ronald McDonald House, PBS, Shalom Farms & VA Dept. of Health-Richmond City Health District/Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Virginia State University
Ellen's nominator says: "Ellen is dedicated to healthy kids, families and communities. She is relentless! She teaches free nutrition wellness and healthy cooking classes to children in communities with most need."
Why Ellen volunteers: "Volunteering is being able to show others what I've learned,  what experiences have shaped me,  so they can learn and become better.  Volunteering is showing love,  being relatable,  actually using your gifts and talents for the sake of others. Volunteering is sacrifice,  yet a gift that can't be replaced when you see the good it has sparked among others. "

Many thanks to these individuals for their incredible contributions to our community and to the many unsung heroes who selflessly give of their time to make Richmond a better place. 

> View a complete listing of people recognized through Power of Good 2019


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