April 24, 2019

CPDC Celebrates Volunteers at Annual Recognition Ceremony

On April 11, CPDC honored over 100 volunteers and service members for their contributions in 2018 at the annual CPDC Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Held at St. Francis Hall in Washington, D.C., the annual ceremony honors the significant contributions of volunteers across CPDC communities. In 2018, 539 CPDC volunteers served 23,095 hours, a value of $574,949.

This year, CPDC recognized a program-record: 63 President’s Volunteer Service Award honorees. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States to recognize significant service in a given year as part of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Recipients under 18 must serve at least 50 hours in a calendar year, while adults must serve at least 100 hours. Of the PVSA honorees from CPDC in 2018, recipients ranged in age from 11 years old to 89 years young.


In addition, CPDC recognized 33 Volunteer Service Certificate recipients, individual volunteers who served at least 50 hours in 2018. Also recognized were a number of service members, including 11 interns, 5 Urban Alliance Fellows, and a Public Allies Member. Two individuals also received their 10th President’s Volunteer Service Awards, a significant individual milestone and a first for CPDC Volunteer Engagement.

For the fourth year in a row, three special awards were handed out: Staff Member of the Year, Adult Volunteer of the Year, and Youth Volunteer of the Year. A total of 10 volunteers were nominated by CIS staff for their outstanding service, while 4 Community Impact Strategies (CIS) Managers were nominated by senior staff for their dedication to engaging volunteers in site programming. Nominations were reviewed and voted on by CPDC staff from across departments.


Gail Massey, the CIS Manager at Mayfair Mansions in NE Washington, D.C., was named the 2019 CPDC Staff Member of the Year. In just six months at Mayfair, Gail worked to increase volunteer engagement by 71% over the previous year, with members serving over 2,100 hours in 2018. Gail worked strategically to place volunteers into leadership positions in several community programs, helping to build capacity in a high-engagement community.

Zubaida Abdalla, a high school sophomore from the Island Walk community in Reston, VA, was named the 2019 CPDC Youth Volunteer of the Year. Zubaida served nearly 200 hours in 2018, working primarily in youth education focused programs such as the Island Walk After-School Program and the Island Walk Summer Learning Loss Program. In addition, she provided administrative support to the CIS Manager on site, increasing the staff capacity in working to deliver programming at Island Walk.


Beverly Miller, a resident and volunteer at Mayfair Mansions, was named the 2019 CPDC Adult Volunteer of the Year. Beverly served nearly 600 hours in 2018, being heavily engaged in food assistance programs at Mayfair, from the monthly food distribution program to snacks for youth coming to the center after-school each day. She was the primary organizer for the JoyMaker Event at Mayfair, which saw over 20 youth receive new toys during the holiday season. She also aided with a series of highly successful “Living Well with Chronic Disease” workshops.

CPDC recognized several partners who have contributed support, capacity, and funding to strengthen the CPDC volunteer efforts. These groups included Public Allies DC, an ongoing partner in providing AmeriCorps Members that serve in a full-time capacity for 10 months, as well as Urban Alliance DC and Maryland, who provide high school seniors with part-time internships to help them take their first steps into the professional world. CPDC also recognized KaBOOM!, a close partner since 2011, that works to increase access to safe and fun playscapes in communities, such as CPDC Park Montgomery, where a new play area was created in May 2018.


Finally, CPDC recognized Harkins Builders for their significant and ongoing investment in CPDC Volunteer Engagement and resident volunteers for nearly a decade. Harkins continued support for volunteer engagement has allowed for more service opportunities, support, and recognition for volunteers across CPDC communities. Representing Harkins Builders was Project Manager Nick Berry.

In total, over 160 attendees enjoyed live music, a gallery walk of CPDC Volunteer Engagement highlights from 2018, a photobooth, as well as dinner and dessert.
CPDC Volunteer Engagement began in 2007, and since that time has engaged over 2,800 volunteers in 220,000 hours of service. In that time, 206 individuals from 17 CPDC communities have earned a combined 425 President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Get more information on CPDC Volunteer Engagement or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @CPDCvolunteers.

As part of the ceremony, 13 individuals, including volunteers and staff, were interviewed and asked to reflect on service with CPDC. Those responses were compiled into a video – “Volunteer Voices.” 

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