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50th Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. 


For fifty years, HandsOn River Region has honored outstanding volunteers who generously give their time, talent, and energy to make our community a better place to live.

Do you know an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group? Please nominate them today!

Would you like to support our community's volunteer efforts? Consider sponsoring our Volunteer of the Year Awards!

For more information, please get in touch with us at 334-264-3335.

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Individuals eligible for this award may be involved in various community activities or have a concentration of service with a particular cause. The collective effect of their work impacts agencies and the community at large. Consideration is given to the nominee’s longevity, focus, or variety of work and overall impact.

Best of Board-


Individuals eligible for this award have the heart and passion for the mission they serve as a board member. Those recognized understand the true meaning of Board service as volunteer service and go above and beyond to provide their time and talent to the organization where they help lead and serve.

Youth (College student and younger)- 


This award recognizes a youth who incorporates volunteerism into his/her life and inspires others.

Youth Group (College students and younger)- 


Groups eligible for this award may represent schools, faith-based organizations, or service clubs. Consideration is given to the group’s team approach to problem-solving and improving the community.

Nonpfit & Faith-Based Volunteer Program-

Nonprofit & Faith-Based Volunteer Program-

The award recognizes volunteer-led programs or initiatives at local nonprofit and faith-based organizations.


Groups eligible for this award emphasize corporate social responsibility and cultivate a strong culture of employee volunteerism.

Congratulations to the 2023 Volunteer of the Year
Nominees & Winners

Youth Award Nominees

Inner City Church of Christ

Manhood, Inc.

Emily Needham

Winner - Emily Needham


Adult Group Award Nominees

Air Command and Staff College

Alpha Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Quiet Storm Outreach

West Montgomery Action Committee

Winner - Air Command and Staff College

Adult Award Nominees

Euri Townsy Carr

Syreeta Duncan

Michael Fritz

Rene Garcia

Yolanda Hinkson

Travis Jackson

Patrick Lindsey

Elon Miree

Bryishun Pernell

Donna Poeppelmeier

Malaysia Salter

Brian Smith

Caleb Smith

Richard Williams

Nikki Zeigler

Winner- Dr. Elon Miree

Senior Award Nominees

Flip Aehnlich

Daniel Brantley

Jeanette Free

LaDonna Golden

Barbara Manora

Roscoe Miller

Monica Pitts

Walter Postnikoff

Phil Savage

Pat Smith

Courtney Tarver

Wanda Twitty

Kathy Vincent

Winner- Courtney Tarver

Special thanks to our community partners for making this event possible:

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