(April 26, 2019 – Arlington, VA) As part of National Volunteer Month, AHC Inc. honored 15 individuals who have volunteered with the Arlington-based nonprofit’s education programs for five years. The April 26 celebration included special guest Tannia Talento, Vice Chair of the Arlington School Board.
About 240 people volunteer each year with AHC Inc., which provides onsite education programs at five community centers in its affordable apartment communities in Arlington. Many of AHC’s students grow up in the education programs, which include afterschool programs for elementary students, Teen Tutoring for middle and high schoolers, and College and Career Readiness that pairs mentors with juniors and seniors to help them navigate the college application process.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of AHC’s education programs and a key reason why 100% of the seniors in AHC’s program have graduated from high school. Nearly all AHC’s graduates have continued to college. The majority are the first in their families to achieve that milestone.
“A volunteer is a guide who shows where hope lies – someone who shows a child that no matter what situation they are in, there is the possibility of changing it for the better,” said Tannia Talento, Arlington School Board Vice Chair. “By being a volunteer you provide a light that will stay with that child for the rest of their life.”
AHC’s 2019 five-year volunteers are: Karen Bailey, Bruce Clarke, Rachel Cosgray, Jean Falvey, Jamie Garzia, Kathy Killion, Liz Liang, Nancy Limprecht, Nykolas Lotocky, Gail Markulin, Lisa Martin, Laurie Mcmanus, Steven Rentz, Radha Sambasvian and Jamie Usrey.
AHC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Jackson, thanked the volunteers for their ongoing commitment. “It is because of all of you that so many girls and boys, middle schoolers, and teenagers call their time at our community centers their ‘home away from home,’” said Jackson. “Thanks to you, we are impacting the lives of more than 200 youth through our educational programs this year!”
Photo caption – From left to right: AHC Inc. five-year volunteers Gail Marlukin, Nyk Lotocky, Liz Liang, Tannia Talento (Arlington School Board Vice Chair), Jamie Usrey, Nancy Limprecht, Jean Falvey, and Laurie McManus.
Founded in 1975, AHC Inc. is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing that provides quality homes and education programs for low- and moderate-income families. Based in Arlington, VA, AHC has developed more than 7,000 apartment units in 50+ properties in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. AHC’s Resident Services program reaches 3,000 children, teens, adults and seniors each year through onsite education and social service programs and activities.