City to Remember Mary Russo by Renaming Volunteer Garden April 15

Volunteer Recognition Day Ceremonies to be Held at 2 p.m.

Monday, March 31, 2014

​The City of Virginia Beach will remember the late Mary Russo, longtime director of the Office of Volunteer Resources, on April 15 by renaming the Volunteer Recognition Garden behind City Hall in her honor.

The renaming will be part of a larger Volunteer Resources Recognition Day, which will begin at 2 p.m. in the garden at North Landing Road and George Mason Drive. City volunteers from all across Virginia Beach will be honored for their years of dedication and commitment. To attend the event, please RSVP to

Mary Russo founded the Office of Volunteer Resources in 1978 and served as its director until her death on March 19 at age 87. Mary’s lifetime of volunteer service made her a familiar and well-loved figure at Virginia Beach City Hall. She helped make Virginia Beach a better place by inspiring generations of volunteers to serve and improve their community.


Last year, more than 20,000 city volunteers worked more than 1.4 million hours in dozens of places – among other things, manning ambulances, teaching children to read, helping stray animals, coaching sports teams and beautifying neighborhoods. There are approximately three city volunteers to every paid city employee. Their volunteer work is the equivalent of having 682 full-time workers, worth more than $20 million. Their selfless efforts help make Virginia Beach truly a Community for a Lifetime.


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