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Caregiver Awards

About 700,000 Virginians take care of their loved ones without compensation. They provide more than 793 million hours of service, worth $8 million.

They do not get compensated.

But each November, the state recognizes the caregiver of the year in a special ceremony.

The Virginia Council on the Status of Women seeks nominations for this year’s recipient.

Nominations will be accepted June 1 through July 3. Anyone who is an unpaid caregiver, improving the quality of life for someone else can be nominated.

Last year’s winners included a Farmville woman who has cared for her 30-year-old son since an accident as a teenager left him paralyzed and a Suffolk man who cares for his wife, who has been seriously ill for 30 years.

Nomination forms are available at or by e–mailing

All nominations must be postmarked, received via fax, mail or e–mail by July 3.

For details, call Karin Clark at 804/726-7017 or visit