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Awards: Outstanding Volunteers

Senior Services presents the President’s Award for Volunteerism

Meet Vivian Henderson

Cathy Dalton, left, president of the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia Board of Directors, awards Vivian Henderson, deputy commonwealth attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, with the President's Award for Volunteerism. The award was presented at the agency's annual meeting in Norfolk on Jan. 25, 2018

Vivian has served seniors with Senior Services through her role as Chesapeake graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. for the past four years helping at events such as the annual Art of Healthy Aging and raising awareness for the services available to seniors throughout the community. Thank you Vivian for all you do!

This award is awarded and presented by the President of Seniors Services Board of Directors each year during the Annual Meeting. This award is given to an outstanding volunteer or community partner who has had a great impact on the community in their service to seniors. 


Senior Services presents the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and is administered by Points of Light.

The President's Volunteer Service Award celebrates the impact we can all make in bettering our communities and our world.

This award is based on the number of hours a volunteer has served with a certifying organization in a 12-month period. Each award contains a customized certificate of achievement and a congratulatory letter signed by the President of the United States, as well as a pin depicting the award level.

President's Volunteer Service Award Package


Hours breakdown for award levels



2018 Recipients of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award 

Senior Services presented four Silver Level Awards to the following volunteers with over 250 hours of volunteer service: Tony Derrell, Patricia Fuller, Jeannette Morrow, and Valeria Smith.

Thirteen Bronze Level Awards were presented to the following volunteers with over 100 hours of volunteer service: Zachariah Ash, Andrea Bannister, Stella Crawford, Martha Cuffee, Phyllis Harris, Carol Laginess, Sue Lemmon, Sandra Pierce, Joyce Riddick, Edna Sutton, Mable Taliaferro, Margaret Watson, and Peggie Whitley. 

One Bronze Level Award was presented to a group who has invested over 200 hours of cumlative service to Senior Services in the past year: the USS Eisenhower volunteers led by Brian Ellis and Michelle Hill.



Above & Beyond Awards

Each year Senior Services selects volunteers from each program to present an Above & Beyond award to recognize their outstanding efforts throughout the past year. 

This award is presented at the annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony by the program supervisor. This year's awards went to the following individuals: 


Gary Zalas is the Coordinator of Outreach Program for Seniors with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department, has been with a SSSEVA Comfort Caller since March 2017. He is personally responsible for calling over 30 Meals on Wheels clients every two weeks to check on their wellbeing and the status of their meals. Gary ensures a personal connection with every client we serve, sometimes logging 15 to 20 minute phone conversations with the seniors who need it the most. Some of our clients are homebound, ill, or just lonely; and Gary is always the positive and friendly personality on the other end of the phone. In June, he individually delivered over 56 boxes of Hurricane Delivery Meals to 28 of our clients in Virginia Beach. He spent over 10 hours completing this task for us, and went back to our client’s homes 2 or 3 times to ensure they received their emergency meals. SSSEVA is  in his debt for the contribution he makes to our organization, and we are grateful for his time and consistent work ethic to seniors in our community. 


Valerie Smith has been with SSSEVA since June 1st 2017 as a Wellness Center Aide at Cambridge Square Apartments. Valerie has been tremendously instrumental in greeting newcomers to the complex and making them feel welcome.  Not only is she helping with the nutrition program, but also in assisting others outside of the program.  She assists her neighbors in their homes, checking on their wellbeing, and helping to complete chores that her neighbors are not able to complete due to illness and age.  Valerie plays an integral role in managing the complex’s community garden; she is out in the rain and hot sun to ensure the garden is taken care of for the people that live in the complex. The residents and staff at Cambridge Square, as well as SSSEVA, thanks Valerie for the dedicated time and care she shows those around her.


Sandra Pierce is an Ombudsman Volunteer. In selecting her for this award, we reached out to the administrators at the long term care facilities where the ombudsman volunteers visit on a regular basis. Irvin Land, Administrator of Portsmouth Health and Rehab Center says, “I want to share with you how appreciative we are to have your Ombudsman Volunteer as a part of our family.  She has shown genuine interest in the lives of the residents and can often be found in a bedbound resident’s room offering works of comfort, assisting them in getting the help needed, and making sure that the personal needs are met. She provides valuable insight to me about what she observes during her visits.  She even came in on July 4th to spend time with the residents and she assisted in helping to make the event an enjoyable one for the residents and their families. I value her opinion, and as a part of our circle of care, she is helping us to continue to go forward on our journey of excellent care.  Thanks for sharing this volunteer with us”. 


Ty Anderson is a full-time student at ECPI working towards her bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration.  She plans to work as an executive director in a facility specializing in emergency management. She truly exhibits the quote, "Volunteers don't necessarily have the time, they just have the heart"! She graciously volunteered her time with the Senior Companion Program serving as a Volunteer Office Associate. She was instrumental helping with data management of a major project.  Ty jumped right in and became a part of the team. She was available to help as needed and stepped in when the department needed help. SSSEVA is grateful to her for choosing us and the Senior Companion Program to donate her precious time.  


Jen VanDavier is the Community Integration Specialists at the Albero Home at St. Mary’s. Jen and the young adults at the Albero home were looking for volunteer opportunities for our young adults to give back to the community. Since Jen had volunteered with Senior Services in the past delivering liquid nutrition, she thought of SSSEVA.

She said, "We were wanting to give back to our community and hopefully over time build friendships."

Jen and one individual from the Albero House deliver Meals on Wheels to the Williams Farm Recreation Center each Monday. After delivering the meals, they stay awhile and join  the seniors.  Not only does this time spent encourage the seniors, it also encourages the young adult who is a regular volunteer with Jen. Jen shared with us that "Many of the seniors now greet him by name, and he smiles. There is also a lady who takes classes at the rec center. She often waits after her class in order to see him. When she talks to him he smiles. This opportunity to serve others is helping him to become an active member of the community. It helps him feel good about himself, and he is making a difference in the lives of Seniors." Thank you Jen for all you do to volunteer and on top of that, making this an accessible opportunity for others to get involved in!


Sharon Frazier received her MBA from William and Mary and Retied from Cox Media. She previously volunteered with the Tidewater Literacy Council program and help a gentleman over 30 years old learn to read. Sharon is very excited to be a Volunteer Benefits Counselor, she has said in the past “ I love doing this and the clients are so appreciative”. Being a Volunteer Benefits Counselor takes study, patience, and stamina. There is quite a bit of studying and on the job learning. It takes time, several weeks or months to learn the program and become independent. Sharon diligently studied on her own and in the office, as well as shadowed other benefits counselors. Within a few months she was ready to proceed on her own. We are so grateful to have Sharon as part of our volunteer team and are very appreciative of the initiative and investment she contributes.  






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