Our mission is to acknowledge and honor volunteers across the NRV who are making community-changing impacts, culminating in an annual celebratory banquet.
Our core values
Integrity, Excellence, Community, and Volunteerism
We believe in the value of volunteering and seek to enhance the culture of volunteerism through our annual banquet and other relevant activities. As a partner, we will complement the work of other organizations in the community. We will preserve and honor the rich stories of volunteerism in our community. And in the spirit of integrity and excellence, we will be good stewards and transparent about our operations.
This program began organizing in 2007, prompted by the outpouring of voluntary service after the 4/16 shootings at Virginia Tech. Our first Leading Lights Recognition Event was held in April, 2009. These events demonstrated the extraordinary compassion of ordinary citizens who united in service to others. It has now celebrated twelve strong years.
The Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation is the major sponsor of the program and has teamed up with area non-profits to create a way to recognize citizens in the New River Valley for their service. The Board of Directors, which coordinates fundraising, plans the ceremony, and vets the Leading Lights, includes representatives from charities, the NRV faith community, and three colleges.
To read about the virtual Recognition event held last October, please click on this link to see the Program. To view the full virtual presentation – highly recommended – please click on this link: Virtual Event. The next volunteer recognition event has not been scheduled due to to evolving nature of COVID19. When nominations open, if you are informed you are nominated to be a Leading Light this year, please check your email (including your SPAM folder) for an invitation from NRV Leading Lights. Questions? email: email@example.com