A caption accompanying a story in the Virginia and District Weeklies on awards to volunteers incorrectly identified one of the persons in the photograph. The person identified as Waldo H. Burnside is Milt Samuels, president of Germaine Monteil Cosmetiques Corp. CAPTION: (NEW-LINE)Picture, Elizabeth Richmond was honored by Harry Irwin, Coordinator of the 1979 Volunteer Activist Awards, and Waldo H. Burnside, President of Woodward & Lothrop. By Vanessa Barnes-The Washington Post
Two Washingtonians and a group of World War II veterans were among 10 winners of the 1979 Volunteer Activist Awards. All 10 were honored Monday night at a banquet kicking off National Volunteers Week.
The awards are sponsored by the National Center for Voluntary Action, Woodward & Lothrop and Germaine Monteil Cosmetiques Corp.
The three District winners were Elizabeth Richmond, Mrs. Albert Headley and the Washington Chapter of the Prometheans.
Nearly 100 persons attended the banquet on the seventh floor of the downtown Woodward & Lothrop store to honor the seven individuals and three organizations. The winners were selected by a panel of judges from 150 nominations.
Waldo H. Burnside, president of Woodward & Lothrop, praised the winners for their contributions to the Washington area.
"One of the things that impressed us," Burnside said, "was that the award winners represented people of all ages and walks of life."
Burnside said he hoped the winners' "exceptional contributions" would demonstrate that volunteer work can help solve community problems.
Richmond, of 1743 Montana Ave. NE, was honored for her work with the Montana Children's Mission.
According to a spokeswoman for Woodworth & Lothrop and Volunteer Activist Awards, Richmond started a choir for the mission and worked five days a week to keep the choir going. Later, she got 28 children to participate and took them on a tour to New England. The choir also performed for former Mayor Walter Washington's farewell dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Headley, of 2912 Rittenhouse St. NW, won the award for more than 40 years of work with Catholic charitable organizations in the Washington area. She helped found the Archdiocesan Christmas project that began in 1968 and coordinates hundreds of volunteers from various organizations that have aided nearly 2,000 families and 10,000 children, the spokeswoman for the activist awards said.
Headley also is chairwoman of the Emergency Aid Fund of Associated Catholic charitable groups, and has been president of the Ladies of Charity and the Christ Child Society.
The third District winner, the Washington Chapter of the Prometheans, was honored for work with youth. John Plummer, who is president of the organization of black World War II veterans, said the Prometheans have held two seminars on Career Awareness at the D.C. Armory in the past two years, which drew thousands of youth and hundreds of professional participants.
"This year, even with the teachers' strike, 10,000 students showed up and there were 237 'role models' and 95 booths,' Plummer said.
Plummer said the Prometheans also developed a program called "Project Concern," in which volunteer professionals help administrators in junior high schools to reduce the number of student dropouts.
Maryland winners of the Volunteer Activist Awards were Gladys E. Loeb, of Silver Spring, who is blind, for helping other individuals cope with blindness; Perry Lewis, of Laurel, for helping improve a field used for day camp at Forest Haven, the District Of Columbia institution for the mentally retarded; Richard S. Hazlett, of Rockville, for his work with Montgomery County Detention Center inmates, and the Montgomery County Association for Children With Learning Disabilities.
In Northern Virginia, the winners were Betty L. Mills, of Oakton, for her work as social concerns chairwoman of the Pender Methodist Church; Ethel Yabroff, of Arlington, for educating residents about housing, and the Hair Carer Volunteer Program for work at the National Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Arlington.
The Volunteer Activist Award, according to a spokeswoman for Woodward & Lothrop, has been given to Washington area residents and organizations for the past three years to recognize outstanding volunteer programs and to encourage others to volunteer. The award, she said, is based on achievement, innovation, community needs, the scope of volunteer activity and the "success in overcoming difficulties encountered."