YMCA recognizes volunteers of the year

KILMARNOCK—The Northern Neck Family YMCA recently named Anita Mergener volunteer of the year.

“Ms. Mergener believes what the Guardian Program of our YMCA does for people is ‘magical.’ To offer opportunity, wellness and safe child care to our community is the work of the YMCA,” said branch executive Mark Favazza.

During 2016, Mergener chaired the Festival of Tress committee and helped the YMCA raise funds to touch the lives of over 1,500 children, adults and families, said Favazza. Her organizational skills, her enthusiasm and her commitment to helping people make her a blessing to the YMCA.

“Her leadership is a great example for all our volunteers and donors,” he said. “We are a better YMCA because of Anita Mergener.”

Teen volunteer of the year was awarded to Alyson Vanlandingham.

“Alyson’s first volunteer experience was working with Bright Beginnings. As a passionate and caring individual, she always puts the needs of others first,” said Favazza.

Vanlandingham helps with fundraising events, works with school-age children every week and plans to continue her education in social work. During her time at the YMCA, she has become an excellent role model for all ages, he continued. She understands and displays all of the character values through her work.


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