Liberty University senior Aly Sievers is the recipient of this year’s Volunteer of the Year Christian Service Award for her outstanding contribution and commitment to service in the Lynchburg community.
Lew Weider, associate professor and Director of Christian/Community Service (CSER), presented the award at Wednesday’s convocation.
“What we see here in this wonderful servant of Christ is a person who exemplifies the command of Christ to be salt and light, and epitomizes the goal of the CSER program,” he said. “She has been a model citizen and servant.”
Sievers, an elementary education major, volunteered with a downtown Lynchburg ministry affiliated with Gospel Community Church, and devoted her time to service projects such as painting and construction. Through her acts of service, she developed friendly relationships with members of the community and cultivated opportunities to share the message of God’s love and salvation.
Sievers plans to remain in the Lynchburg area after graduation, continuing her service efforts and hoping to become a teacher.
The Volunteer of the Year Christian Service Award is presented annually to a student who demonstrates excellence in Christian service and ministry. Students are nominated by their Christian Service supervisors. This year, many students were nominated for the award by various organizations, including the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Liberty University requires students to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service each semester to fulfill graduation requirements and support the mission of the university to serve others.