Governor Presents Volunteer Award to Nicole Muller

Nicole Muller with Governor McAuliffe
Nicole Muller with Governor McAuliffe

Western Albemarle High School graduate Nicole Muller was honored by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for her Neighbors-4-Neighbors national food drive program April 10 at the Governor’s Mansion in Richmond. Muller received the Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and was among seven individuals and organizations recognized by the Governor for outstanding volunteer contributions.

Now a third-year student at U.Va., Muller began her food drive program when she was 16 years old and still a student at Western. [See the Gazette’s story in the April 2011 issue.] She now organizes a local and a national drive every year.

Since its inception, Neighbors-4-Neighbors has generated more than 670,000 pounds of food and $65,000 in grants and donations and is estimated to have provided food for a half million people. Her latest community-wide food drive in March, organized through local schools, raised over 11,000 pounds of food through food and monetary donations. It had the largest number of participants that Neighbors-4-Neighbors has attracted in all of its four years.

Her annual national food drive is held in October and draws donations in all 50 states.

Muller has also been named as one of Glamour magazine’s 21 Amazing Young Women, was a recipient of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Award, was one of 10 national winners of the USA Weekend Make A Difference Honors, and recently received one of four national grants of $25,000 given by the Bayer Corporation’s One-a-Day Nutrition Mission, which she gave to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.