35,000 Volunteer Hours Recognized by State


WINCHESTER, Va. -  The City of Winchester and Old Town Development Board have been honored by Virginia’s Main Street Program.

"We just received this week the Virginia Milestone Award. It's a very unique award because it's awarded very infrequently,” said Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell. “It's truly when a specific milestone occurs for a Main Street's Program."

Downtown Winchester has logged over 35,000 hours of volunteer and community service work from individuals dedicated to the revitalization of the historic commercial district.

According to the Virginia Main Street Program, 35,000 volunteer hours equates to $800,000 worth of work.

"Winchester’s Main Street's volunteers are engaged in a variety of projects, from committee work, sub committee work, serving on the Old Town Development Board, and individual projects, such as art-scape banners and specific events,” Bell said.

However, despite the recognition, the city is always in need of volunteers.

"We have a range of events, from the Friday Night Live events, to big festivals, such as the Downtown Tailgate and Oktoberfest. We have a brand new event Kidsfest on May 17 coming up. [We] love to have lots of community volunteers out," Bell said.

They are also currently looking for Old Town Ambassadors to assist in the Welcome Office. For more information on volunteering, contact Downtown Manager Jennifer Bell at (540) 535-3660 or email at Jennifer.bell@winchesterva.gov.

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