Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. Celebrates Contributions of Volunteers
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) held a Volunteer Appreciation event at Piedmont Steakhouse located in historic downtown Culpeper. CRI volunteers gathered in celebration of their hard work and dedication to our community. Those in attendance enjoyed a bevy of appetizers, spirits and good company.
CRI is a 501c3 charitable organization charged with supporting the growth and vitality of Culpeper’s historic commercial district. Downtown Culpeper is a designated Virginia Main Street Community and CRI is the organization designated by the state and the Town of Culpeper to carry out the Main Street activities.
Volunteers donate time, talents and energy to make a positive impact on the Culpeper community. In fact, 3,563 hours have been donated by volunteers in 2017, with a total of 46,993 volunteer hours having been contributed through CRI special events and projects since 1997. This equates to a value of $1,129,583.02 of volunteer time invested in our community.
CRI Board President, Jonathan Krawchuk states, “When someone volunteers, they are making a commitment to share that most precious of resources; their time. Our volunteer’s willingness to share their time and talent to lend a helping makes the greatest difference and we at CRI are touched by their generosity, and thank them.”
Each year CRI carefully selects a Champion of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Partner of the Year. These individuals are highlighted and celebrated at the CRI Volunteer Appreciation event.
This year Kelsey Carlson Settle received Champion of the Year. The Champion of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of one volunteer who has supported and worked to promote CRI’s efforts in making downtown a destination for locals and visitors alike. Kelsey has been involved with CRI since 2011 and has volunteered for the organization in just about every capacity - event volunteer, committee member, committee chair, board member, and Board President. She volunteers for nearly every single “day of” special event. You can see her working from beginning to the very end at the Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest, making sure the event goes off without a hitch. Kelsey is always quick to let others know about all the good work CRI does for the community.
Kim Kelly received the Volunteer of the Year award. This award recognizes one individual selected from among all of our volunteers for their selfless commitment to outstanding volunteerism. Kim has been involved with CRI since 2009, volunteering for events, and serving on the CRI Board of Directors from 2010 – 2014 in many capacities including Board Member, Treasure, Secretary and Vice President. She continues to serve on the Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest Committee. What many do not know is that she works behind the scenes; for many hours to be sure that attendees to the Gnarly Hops event enjoy an amazing beer and hard cider line up. Kim is always willing to lend a helping hand.
The Town of Culpeper received the Partner of the Year award. This award highlights CRI’s partners. Without the Towns partnership, CRI would not be able to build and sustain the growth of downtown Culpeper. The Town has been a strong supporter of CRI since 1987 and continues to partner in making our community better. Most of the time you do not see the work it takes in making downtown a beautiful destination. The Town helps CRI with placement of banners, flower baskets, and holiday décor. You do not see the behind the scenes work that goes into making sure events have the proper power, or when fencing and the stage goes up, or when the streets get cleaned after large events. We all are able to enjoy safe community events because of their very presence. CRI thanks the Town departments of Planning and Community Development, Public Works, Light and Power, and last but certainly not least, the Town of Culpeper Police Department.
Steve Miller received CRI’s Appreciation Award. Steve has gone above and beyond with his involvement with CRI. He has volunteered at events, worked on several downtown projects; highlighted CRI at speaking engagements, as well as made monetary denotations. Throughout his time with CRI we have come to learn of his versatile skills which include masonry work, construction work, public speaking, leadership and vision. He has truly been CRI’s Renaissance man. CRI has been fortunate to have had his leadership. Miller has served as CRI Board President from 2015 – 2017 and continues to serve as an advisor on the CRI board.
CRI Executive Director, Jessica Jenkins states, “Volunteers are the cornerstone of our organization. It is only through the work of our volunteers that CRI is able to fulfill our mission of enhancing, celebrating, and enriching Culpeper’s Downtown and our community. We hold CRI’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration event to show our volunteers that their contributions are recognized, appreciated, valued and cherished.”
If you are interested in volunteering with Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. please contact the CRI office at 540- 825-4416 or
email@example.com. For more information visit www.culpeperdowntown.com