Volunteer of the Month

We recognize volunteers on a monthly basis for their outstanding contribution to the League. Each month staff members nominate volunteers for consideration and take a vote at the monthly staff meeting. At the end of the year the winners will become candidates for Volunteer of the Year.

Zach Abramovitz

Congratulations to our May 2019 Volunteer of the Month, Zach Abramovitz!  Zach has been a Special Events Volunteer for almost a year representing the League at various community events. Zach has already volunteered at nine events and doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile as he engages the public and shares the League’s mission with the community. Zach will soon be expanding his volunteer role to include on-site volunteering as a Cat Room Kennel Assistant.

When asked why he wanted to volunteer at the League, he replied, “I’ve always admired AWLA’s long history of activism in Arlington County (dating back to 1944!) and community-based approach. I also appreciate how much AWLA invests in educating the public about how to live with and take good care of animals. I am a firm a firm believer in AWLA’s mission to better the lives of all animals and wanted to be a part of it.”

In addition to supporting the League’s core mission and promoting its programs to the public, Zach enjoys meeting and working with the other volunteers. “They are all extremely passionate and committed individuals who share the same goal of wanting to better the lives of animals. What always strikes me the most about being a Special Events Volunteer is the number of people who come up to tell me about the pet, or in many cases pets, that they’ve adopted from AWLA over the years. It’s a testament to the demonstrable impact AWLA has had on the community and the lives we’ve changed – animals and humans alike – for the better. It’s truly inspiring.”

Zach is the proud pet-parent to a beautiful kitty named Emma (pictured here with him) who he rescued from the streets of Lawrence, Kansas when he was an undergraduate at the University of Kansas. “She’s been my faithful friend and companion now for over 13 years.”  Zach is an “avid jazz enthusiast” and enjoys listening to live music at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and other smaller venues around the Washington DC area. He also enjoys cooking, reading, and watching KU basketball in his spare time.

Congratulations again Zach; we can’t thank you enough and we appreciate all that you do for the League!

Volunteer of the Year

Martha Cogdell

Congratulations to our 2018 Volunteer of the Year, Martha Cogdell! Martha has been volunteering at the AWLA for over 10 years.  She began assisting in a variety of areas but her primary volunteer roles have been as a weekly Front Desk / Adoption Counselor, a Special Events volunteer plus she is a member of the Volunteer Advisory Committee.

Her volunteer service has expanded to include assisting with behind-the-scenes administrative tasks in support of the volunteer program where her main focus is “keeping the voluminous files and volunteer records current.”  “There have been so many changes at the League over the years but the integrity of the staff, program quality and guiding principles remain solid.  I am proud to be associated with the organization and continue to find the ‘work’ challenging but fun.  AWLA does appreciate the work of all volunteers.  “This is a very special place and it is nice to be personally recognized!”

After living in Hong Kong for 4 years, Martha’s support of the League began in 1997 when she adopted Pipa, a beautiful Seal Point mix.  After saying goodbye to Pipa 15 years later, Martha adopted the “buff brothers” (Luther and Pickle) from the AWLA.  Martha says, “They have been my true loves.”

Martha is retired but keeps her calendar full. Outside of her shelter activities, she volunteers with the Smithsonian Associates (program activities and bus tours) and has been doing so for over 15 years.  She supports WETA’s membership and children’s events, ushers at Signature Theater and works on the Landscape Committee of her condo community.  Martha will be moving to North Carolina near the end of the year to be closer to family.  Needless to say, she will be greatly missed.

Congratulations again Martha; we can’t thank you enough and we appreciate all that you do for the League!