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Us: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Lt. Lois Thompson

BY LOIS THOMPSON I have proudly served with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office for more than 18 years. Throughout my tenure, being part of the community has always been a top priority for me. I try to instill in the next… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Chaplain Lindy Casale-Rinaldi

BY LINDY CASALE-RINALDI In our family, community volunteerism is generational. From my early childhood days to adulthood, I don’t remember a time when my family was not involved in community volunteering in some capacity, whether it was with church, scouts,… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Master Gardener Stacie McGraw

BY STACIE MCGRAW I was an accidental volunteer – helping out at my daughters’ schools, participating in other organizations – but never feeling that I was making a real difference until I found the Virginia Beach Master Gardener program. It was… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach School Board Member Victoria Manning

BY VICTORIA MANNING As a parent, I continue to be actively involved in my sons’ education. I have volunteered in their classrooms, chaperoned field trips, assisted in Scouts and other activities. In my community, I have been active in my… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. Dr. James Allen of the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference

BY JAMES ALLEN When speaking to people of the Christian faith, I often remind them that to be “Christian” means we are to be “Christ-like.”  By necessity, we should know what Christ taught, what he preached and accept the miracles… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Democratic Committee Chairperson Carla Hesseltine

BY CARLA HESSELTINE I recently completed the Sorensen Institute’s Candidate Training Program designed to prepare future candidates interested in running for office. During the intensive course, we were each asked the same question, “What is your earliest memory of political interest?”… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach Police Department Chaplain Don Hipple

BY DON HIPPLE I have been involved in volunteering for several years. From 1980 to 2003, I worked with the Special Olympics program and also taught a Bible class to mentally challenged adults. In January 1986, I traveled to Kenya for… Continue Reading

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Us: Virginia Beach City Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Zibutis

BY MELISSA ZIBUTIS The Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources receives inquiries daily from people with the best intentions to make a difference in our community.  Most calls begin similarly: “I want to volunteer, but I don’t know where to… Continue Reading

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Us: Dr. D. Alex Bergren, principal of Princess Anne Middle School

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY D. ALEX BERGREN Perhaps this is the kind of thing one would expect to hear from an educator, but the path… Continue Reading

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Us: Chona Santander O’Galvin, a contributor to The Independent News

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN Being an American in 2017 was beyond disheartening. During these divided times, it’s hard to feel like anything… Continue Reading