The World Police & Fire Games–when it came to Fairfax and the National Capital Region—it was a once-in-a-lifetime event. Volunteer Fairfax had a very big job assignment for The Games and that was to help raise the 4,000+ volunteers needed to support event. We are so proud of our community because nearly 6,000 volunteers came forward. Most were from our region, but there were also a number of international volunteers. We are happy to introduce to you just a few of the WPFG amazing folks who served and cheered for the Games of Heroes!
Doris Crawford, hometown hero
Meet Doris Crawford, a busy retiree and former employee of Lockheed-Martin. Doris has been an active volunteer with Volunteer Fairfax for many years. When the WPFG needed an army of helpers, Doris signed up and accepted the assignment of Greeter at Dulles Airport. She was the face of The Games at Dulles, the first person to welcome the arriving international and out-of-town athletes. She also helped at the WPFG volunteer center assembling athlete packets. Wonderful job by this wonderful great-grandmother! Watch commemorative video of The Games.
Ken Crum is the Regional Executive Director for ServiceSource’s Virginia office, an organization providing services to clients with disabilities. When he learned about the opportunity to “Cheer for Heroes” at the WPFG, he was happy to accept. ServiceSource organized groups that came out to various events. They cheered, held signs and had a great time. Crum said, “Our participants enjoy being active and integral members of the community, and this event was a way for us to get out and support.” He added that athletes from other countries made a special effort to meet these happy fans.
Carole-Lynda, Oh, Canada!
She drove 9 hours each way from Montreal to be part of The Games! Carole-Lynda was not just a games volunteer, but she was also a super fan attending many events all around the region. And, she could translate! On her credentials she wore a sticker “parle francais.” Back at home, Carol-Linda Cote is a correctional officer at a men’s prison. The Games are slated for Montreal in 2017, so she won’t have to go far next time! Merci beaucoup, Carole-Lynda! The Games in ’17 will be fortunate to have you on board.
Caring Kids, welcoming crew
At the age of 3, Gabrielle Levy attended a Volunteer Fairfax/Volunteers for Change event that changed her young life. It was a card making event where the card creations were donated to a youth organization. Since then, Gabrielle (now 12) and her brother Aiden (10), have created their own organization called Caring Kids Cards. They have had quite an impact creating, distributing and managing the donation of over 10,000 cards worldwide. When they learned of the World Police & Fire Games, they decided to make cards for the athletes, welcoming them and thanking them for their service. “You are never too young or too old to make a difference…” We agree!