VHF is proud to announce our 2021 Volunteer of the Year is George Stone. In a new category, we are also recognizing our 2021 Unite Walk Volunteer of the Year, Monika Eiden. Both George and Monika have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the mission of VHF this year, going above and beyond in their volunteer commitments and contributing in meaningful ways. Congratulations to both of you for an amazing year!

George Stone has given back in generous and consistent ways as a volunteer leader this year—showing an aptitude for many facets of nonprofit volunteer leadership. He and his wife Cyndi have also been generous active donors to the organization. George is always curious about VHF operations and history and is interested in making our systems and processes better. One highlight of his leadership is his initiative in starting the VHF quarterly men’s “rap sessions” over Zoom, which he also volunteered to lead. George currently serves as the VHF board representative to the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) and on the VHF Development, Program, and Advocacy Committees.

Monika Eiden is a community member and active volunteer with the chapter as a committee member and recent BOD member. Monika has been involved with VHF in a leadership role for nine years, and constantly finds new ways to contribute to the success of the organization with a strong focus on the needs of the community. Over the past several years, Monika has led a strong fundraising effort for the Unite for Bleeding Disorders Walk in honor of her brother Lukasz and is consistently in the top teams for fundraising. This year, Monika was the “Top Walker” and “Top Team Captain” while serving on the Unite Walk Committee for the second year in a row. She recruited a new team to participate in the walk this year as well! She has stepped up by filming testimonials for walk participation for NHF. She and husband TJ are also faithful top donors to VHF.

VHF also wishes to recognize our other two nominees for Volunteer of the Year this year, Ann Kendall, and Don Smith. Their volunteer efforts and commitment to VHF have been invaluable and we sincerely appreciate them, as well as every one of our volunteers. This organization would not be what it is without outstanding volunteer leaders, and we celebrate those who are called to serve and give back! If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Megan Schowengerdt at 804-740-8643 or megan@vahemophilia.org.