Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Amse Heck

November 17, 2017


The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission within their respective communities.

It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Salute to Distinction Quarter 3 Award Winner:

Amse Heck, Chapter Director, Washington DC.

Amse’s nominators repeatedly commented on her amazing ability to make connections, create partnerships, and build volunteer teams. With her commitment to creating opportunities to help military families feel connected, our membership in the DC region has grown by nearly 70% during Amse’s tenure as Chapter Director. She is creative in her ideas for outreach, dedicated to the Blue Star Families mission, and passionate about building true community for our DC area members.

Amse has already volunteered over 500 hours of her time this year, making her eligible to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award – Gold Level. She has successfully built a team of local volunteers in an effort to deliver more programming and reach more military families.  In Quarter 3 alone, Amse coordinated and participated in 19 events – from Walking Wednesdays to Blue Star Museums, to events with our partners at Starbucks, Amse and her team served over 2,500 military families in the DC area.

One of Amse’s nominators had this to say:

“The impact Amse has had on our DC area membership and community cannot be understated. Her work to build opportunities for military families to connect and interact with their community is at the very heart of what BSF is all about. The groundwork Amse has laid is sure to continue to build moving forward in creating a truly connected community for military families in the DC region. Amse’s work as our DC Chapter Director exemplifies the very essence of our Chapter model for building community engagement.”

Congratulations and thank you, Amse, for going above and beyond to build our DC community and bring programs and resources to military families in the area.

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