When Andrew Lee began volunteering with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) in mid-1990, the organization was serving about 90 families per week.
Fast-forward to 2017, and on a typical week, AFAC will provide needed groceries to 2,000 or more.
Despite the growth, “we never once had to turn away a client because we didn’t have the resources – that is a testament to the community of Arlington,” Lee said when, on July 25, he accepted the first Lifetime of Service Award presented by Volunteer Arlington.
Lee represents “an example of a life lived for his community,” said the Rev. Dr. Leonard Hamlin Sr. of Macedonia Baptist Church, who presented the honor during a celebration of volunteerism held at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center in Ballston.
“He genuinely is interested in and cares for AFAC clients, for client dignity,” Hamlin said, and “always goes above and beyond to make sure everyone feels valued.”
Lee said he would accept the award on behalf of all Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers. “They are some incredible people,” he said.
Volunteer Arlington for the past year has been run by the Leadership Center for Excellence under contract with the county government, connecting prospective volunteers with non-profit organizations. For information, see the Web site at www.volunteerarlington.org.