The United Way of Southwest Virginia has named E&H Director of Public Relations Dirk Moore a 2015 Volunteer of the Year, honoring his recent efforts to secure financial stability for individuals and families in the Glade Spring area.
Moore was one of three individuals recognized Tuesday by the United Way of Southwest Virginia during a luncheon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Moore was honored in a category devoted to improving incomes, specifically for the success of Project Glade, an organization he founded that is dedicated to economic development in Glade Spring, and for his work as president of the Glade Spring Planning Commission.
The other two recipients were honored for their contributions to health care and education in the region. Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss, the president of the Board of Directors for Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Virginia, was honored for efforts in establishing RAM clinics in Southwest Virginia. Harriet Ray, a volunteer with the Highlands Educational Literacy Program, was recognized for her hundreds of hours devoted to improving literacy among children and adults.
The award includes a generous monetary prize sponsored by TruPoint Bank, which Moore will contribute to Project Glade in support of the Town Square Center for the Arts in Glade Spring. Moore led efforts to raise more than $1 million in public and private funding in support of revitalization initiatives, including the Town Square Center for the Arts, that have contributed to the creation of numerous businesses and jobs in the community.