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"Tiny Pushes"

There’s nothing that says tradition like Mr. Jefferson’s Rotunda.  As Cathy and I sat in The Dome Room last night enjoying good company and a wonderful dinner to celebrate four outstanding volunteers from the University of Virginia Health System, I thought about how fortunate our community is that the Health System has a rich tradition of volunteerism.  Not only do they have hundreds of employees who volunteer their time at the Free Clinic, Camp Holiday Trails or a host of other nonprofit agencies, but they also send 200 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others to southwest Virginia each fall through their Remote Area Medical Clinic.  While in Wise, VA these individuals provide much needed medical care to the working poor who have limited access to ongoing health care.  I’m also proud to say that they also participate in our United Way Day of Caring, providing more than 500 volunteers to tackle important projects in our own community.DrMo


Mr. Ed Howell, Vice President and CEO of University of Virginia Medical Center, presented the Community Service Awards to M. Edward Hicks, Jr. and Dr. Mohan  Nadkarni.  These men have served our community in great ways.  In fact, several weeks ago we asked Mo to be photographed in a Live United t-shirt because of his energy that helped to start the Charlottesville Free Clinic 16 years ago and his continued dedication and compassion for serving the homeless in our community.  Mo challenged all of us last night to think outside of ourselves and recognize the need around us.  As Helen Keller once said “The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.”  He spoke how many of us hope that we can see great changes when we are volunteering, but he reminds us to be patient and trust that many people making “tiny pushes” will result in great things for our community.  This is exactly what it means to Live United—that together we can affect positive change.

Congratulations to Edward Hicks, Mo Nadkarni and also Michelle Hobbs and Doris Strothers, recipients of the Community Builder Awards.  And congratulations to the U.Va. Health System for recognizing the important contributions these four individuals make every day.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED.

Posted by Shaele Wood.

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