April 22, 2021

Congratulations to our Board Chairman Bernard Mustafa who has been named Loudoun Cares 2021 Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for his work on Community Foundation’s Count the Region Census Initiative. The award recognizes a military veteran whose volunteering has made a significant contribution to the Loudoun County, Virginia community.

“I got involved in the 2020 Census because the leadership of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia realized that the census was extremely important to our local jurisdictions. Among other things the census determines the distribution of over $800 billion in federal funding and assigning congressional districts. Philanthropy can’t replace the financial impact of people not being counted,” said Bernard Mustafa, Board Chairman, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  

“With my Co-Chair Richard Pineda and the Community Foundation team, we were able to make the most impact by establishing and regularly convening the Northern Virginia Complete Count Committee, communicating with and offering resources to Northern Virginia jurisdictions nonprofits and other organizations, creating a central online hub of Census 2020 resources, and making available digital marketing outreach tools to promote Census 2020 throughout the region,” said Mustafa.

Loudoun Cares, a nonprofit organization in Leesburg, Virginia will honor more than 100 Loudoun County volunteers across 15 categories at the virtual 2021 Outstanding Volunteer Awards (OVAs) celebration. 

The event will be live-streamed Sunday, May 16, 2021, on the Loudoun Cares Facebook page from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The annual OVA's event celebrates volunteers for their outstanding contributions to making our community a great place to live, work, and play and will feature new awards highlighting service in light of COVID-19.