Non Profit Seeks Volunteer Caregiver Award Nominations for

LifeCircle Alliances, a non-profit charitable organization, announces their “Kudos for Community Caregivers”, awards program.  This is an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding volunteer caregivers in Fairfax County, the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax. Nominees submitted may be for an individual, a family, a faith community, an organization, or a corporation in the Fairfax County, VA area.  Nominees must be actively providing care to older adult(s) or adult(s) 18+ with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities.

NOMINATION PROCESS: Any individual, faith community, corporation or organization in the greater Fairfax County area may submit a nomination – only one nomination per year may be submitted.  Deadline for submission of award nominations is 5PM, June 30, 2011 to LifeCircle Alliances, 4031 University Drive, Ste. 200, Fairfax, VA 22030.  Nominees must provide volunteer care giving within Fairfax County or the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax City.  For the nomination application form, visit   For more information, contact Christine Hyland at LifeCircle Alliances office 571-321-2018, [email protected]

Awards will be presented at the second annual LifeCircle Alliances’ “Kudos for Community Caregivers” awards breakfast slated for September 26, 2011 at The Mason Inn on the campus of George Mason University.  Scheduled Keynote Speaker will be best-selling author, journalist and lecturer, Gail Sheehy. As the best-selling author of over a dozen books, including Passages, Gail Sheehy has rocked the culture and changed the way millions of women and men look at the stages of their lives. A Library of Congress survey named Passages one of the ten most influential books of our time. In her latest book, Passages in Caregiving, she offers essential guidance in navigating the emotional and practical sides of the caregiver role.

As a literary journalist, Ms. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leader.  Ms. Sheehy is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.

Interesting facts relating to care for adults with disabilities, older adults and caregiving in the U.S.:

·         In a recent study put forth by the Metlife Foundation it was determined that the population of those older than 65 is projected to double to 72million in just twenty years.

·         Currently almost 1/3 of the U.S. adult population plays a caregiver role – 65.7 million caregivers.  Mostly a woman’s job- 66% and are an average of 48 years old.

·         Seven in ten caregivers care for someone over age 50.

·         In Virginia, over the past 40 years state policy has called for a shift from institutions to community supports for persons with disabilities. Despite gaining recognition across the world, the Commonwealth has been slow to respond and is currently 46th among states in its funding for community-based services.

·         The World Health Organization reports that people with disabilities are the largest and fastest growing minority group


To date, the Kudos for Community Awards is sponsored in part by Inova Health System; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; Thomas West Financial Services and the Mason Inn Hotel & Conference Center.  Sponsorship Opportunities are available online or call Irma Gennaro 571-321-2018 [email protected] for more information.

LifeCircle Alliances champions the concerns of older adults and adults with disabilities as they hold a unique place in the life circle of our community. The collective wisdom, individual talents, and unique life journeys of these individuals enrich the fabric of Fairfax County. LifeCircle‘s mission is to develop collaborative partnerships with private, public, business, educational  and philanthropic entities to build community capacity, create innovative long term care initiatives and enhance existing programs which will enable older adults and adults with disabilities to live independently in their communities of choice.  LifeCircle also supports the needs of their families and their caregivers and service providers.

To learn more about LifeCircle Alliances’ programs for adults with disabilities, older adults and caregivers, contact Christine Hyland, Executive Director, 571-321-201, [email protected] or visit their website at



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