Awards | Annual Report 2023


In 2023, our volunteers helped out at blood drives, organized food pantries, gathered gifts and school supplies for local kids, coached sports, and more. Whether you’re a coach, board member, or caring member of the community, our honored recipients of the 2023 Volunteer Service Awards are celebrated tonight for being the hearts and souls of the Y. We hope that this recognition of leadership and selflessness will inspire others to become changemakers, realizing that one person can truly make a powerful difference.

Chip Lewin


Albemarle Family YMCA


For his driving force in the community, elevating volunteerism and philanthropy by connecting people and abilities.

Tara Powell


Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA

For her unwavering commitment and passion for the Y's mission. 

Sherry Kynaston


Currituck Family YMCA


For her dedication to fighting hunger through Currituck's mobile food pantry and commitment to connecting through compassion to everyone she meets. 

Chris Bentley


Eastern Shore Family YMCA


For his unwavering support of the competitive swim program, always ready with a smile and enthusiasm for everyone he meets.

Terri Dickens


Effingham Street Family YMCA


For her dedication and support to our community pantry, the ambiance and feel of the welcome center, and her ongoing support of our needs every week. 

John Walker


First Tee — Hampton Roads


For being a jack-of-all-trades volunteer for First Tee for over 3 years. His warm, familiar face in the First Tee Proshop, greeting and helping members with a smile and a sense of humor. 

Kelly Guzman


Great Bridge/Hickory Family YMCA


For leading the Togetherhood Team for 2023 and taking it to new levels. Doubling the leadership team, expanding the number of projects, and presenting at sister YMCAs on how to grow Togetherhood.

Erica Perrin


Greenbrier Family YMCA

For consistently surpassing expectations in her commitment to community service. Going above and beyond with enthusiasm and initiative organizing events, assisting staff, or taking on additional tasks without hesitation.

Eugene White


Greenbrier North YMCA


For being a compassionate and empathetic volunteer, prioritizes the well-being of others. Dedicating time and effort to ensuring individuals feel supported and valued, whether by offering a listening ear, providing comfort, or organizing activities like basketball.

Craig Allen


Hilltop Family YMCA


For being a faithful steward of the Hilltop Annual Campaign for over a decade. Each year he continues to go above and beyond to ensure Hilltop is well known in the community and share the YMCA's mission.

Tori Averett


Indian River Family YMCA


For consistently assisting the center with various tasks, from setting up coffee during busy periods to tending to lobby plants. She goes out of her way to ensure individuals are taken care of.

Ken Ward


James L. Camp Jr. Family YMCA


For always assisting our aquatic department with special projects, helps keep our facility clean and overall helps JLC in any way he can.

Ken Niederberger


Mt. Trashmore Family YMCA


For being a strong, dedicated leader. He leads by example and is an avid supporter of Mt. Trashmore's programs and activities.

Dr. David Dalessio


Northampton County YMCA


For his unwavering support before the doors even opened. He is the embodiment of a servant leader and has been a true friend to the YMCA.

Steven Pitler


Outer Banks Family YMCA


Steven is passionate about aquatics and is an avid supporter of our Y, tirelessly helping provide quality swim meet experiences and encouraging the swimmers, volunteers, and staff during meets.

Adrian Balderama


Princess Anne Family YMCA


For volunteering in all sports seasons, Adrian has donated over 120 hours of his time. Our sports seasons owe much of their success to his hard work and coaching.

Julie Irby


Suffolk Family YMCA


For volunteering her time in the YMCA of South Hampton Roads Safety Around Water program. Ensuring that the life-saving skills of swim lessons are provided. 

Donna Pillatsch


Taylor Bend Family YMCA


Donna raised her hand to help whenever assistance was needed. In 2023, Donna led the Community Food Pantry. She also cultivated a dedicated group of volunteers who supported her in making it happen.

Missy Griffin


YMCA at JT's Camp Grom


For bringing an unwavering pillar of support for JT's Camp Grom through Virginia Gentlemen from its inception. Her ongoing role on the board and leadership within the community are truly commendable and do not go unnoticed.

Dr. Justin John


YMCA Camp Silver Beach


For serving camp and our youth by not only providing expert medical care as a volunteer but also inspiring others to get involved with camp, recruiting new volunteers and enthusiastically participating in fundraising. 

Marylynn Morales


YMCA of Portsmouth


For providing countless hours for committee meetings and interviews so we could continue to grow and enhance our board. 

Warren Taylor


YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County


For his exceptional dedication which has ignited a transformative spirit within our board, fostering a deep commitment to the mission of the Y. His passion and leadership have propelled our volunteer service to new heights.

Bill Meyer


YMCA Family Center on Granby


For consistently goes above and beyond in his commitment to community service. His heart is full of compassion and an unwavering sense of love for sports, Bill exceeds the expectations of a volunteer. 


Retiring Board Members

We're so thankful for and want to recognize Bill Stulb, Cameron Robinett, Jennifer Stevens, Dudley Ware, and Curtis Wrenn (deceased) for their 59 collective years of volunteer service to our community.

The 2023 Annual Meeting was generously supported by


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