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VEGA 10th Anniversary and Volunteer of the Year Awards

VEGA Alliance and the Building Bridges Coalition

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)

VEGA 10th Anniversary and Volunteer of the Year Awards

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The Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance and the Building Bridges Coalition invite you to attend an awards ceremony event to recognize outstanding VEGA volunteers. This year’s event will mark the 10th Anniversary of the VEGA Alliance. It will feature presentations of the award winners, remarks from Eric Postel, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), plus an in-depth conversation about the impact of international volunteering, with a special presentation led by Professor Benjamin Lough.

Not only will VEGA honor exemplary volunteers, but for the 10th Anniversary this year, we will give a special award to the VEGA Volunteers of the Decade.


Volunteers of the Decade:

  • Harold “Hal” Handley – Volunteer of the Decade, Winner, nominated by IESC
  • David Pearce – Volunteer of the Decade, Honorable Mention, nominated by Winrock International

2013 Award Winners:

  • Andrea Tang – Mid-Career Award, Winner, nominated by Pyxera Global 
  • Anais Troadec  Alliance Award, Winner, nominated by Winrock International
  • Robert Alexandriysky – Program Award, Winner, nominated by IESC


8:30am     Coffee, Pastries, and Networking

9:00am     Presentations and Discussion

11:00am   Adjourn

1:30pm - 4:30pm** Join the Building Bridges Coalition Members on Capitol Hill to speak with lawmakers about the International Volunteering Resolution.

Social Media:

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter with hashtag #vegaawards 

Special Guest:

Eric Postel, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3), will offer remarks at the event.

Mr. Postel is working to implement President Obama’s call to “elevate broad-based economic growth as a top priority” of U.S. development efforts overseas. He is also focusing on increasing Agency engagement with the private sector. He strongly believes that other bureau activities involving Education, Infrastructure, Land Tenure, Gender and the Environment also contribute to sustainable economic growth. Mr. Postel serves as the Agency’s coordinator for the government-wide Partnership for Growth program.

Special Presentation:

Benjamin Lough, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois.

Professor Benjamin Lough is one of the foremost researchers in the U.S. on international volunteerism. He will provide an overview of the impact of volunteerism on development projects. He also will facilitate a discussion between the audience and the honorees about volunteerism. Dr. Lough currently teaches courses in Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities, Management of Human Service Organizations, and International Social Work at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. His research interests include: international volunteering and service, community development, nonprofit management, and social work education.

**Information from the Building Bridges Coalition:

Join the Building Bridges Coalition from 1:30pm - 4:30pm after the event to visit with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about H.Con.Res.70 - Recognizing the critical contributions international volunteers provide to the United States. 

Participants who RSVP for this afternoon activity will be emailed more information. 

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Have questions about VEGA 10th Anniversary and Volunteer of the Year Awards? Contact VEGA Alliance and the Building Bridges Coalition

When & Where

The QED Group, LLC
1250 I St NW # 1100
Washington, DC 20005

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (EDT)

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VEGA Alliance and the Building Bridges Coalition

VEGA Alliance is the world’s largest member-directed consortium of nonprofit economic growth organizations that designs and delivers high impact programs, incorporating skilled volunteer professionals into its work with donors, philanthropic institutions, private enterprise, and developing country organizations.

The Building Bridges Coalition is a consortium of leading organizations working collaboratively to promote the field of international volunteering. The BBC is a project of the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on International Volunteering and Service and is comprised of international volunteer organizations, corporations, universities and colleges, government agencies, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

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