The Leonard Washington Community Service Award was created to recognize an individual who stands out by the nature of their commitment and the integrity of their character; is committed to making a difference in the community; recognizes service as the foundation of the organization and rewards come from giving; demonstrates unwavering determination and hard work; has provided significant unheralded contributions to our local community.
It is so important we recognize individuals who stand out in our community. We were incredibly fortunate to have Leonard’s support both as a board member and donor for many years. To recognize his life well lived, his steadfast dedication to our community and his unparalleled dedication to our organization, we will be awarding the Leonard Washington Community Service Award annually to a deserving member of the Lebanon County community.
NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1.
A $1000 donation will be made to the recipient’s nonprofit of choice!
About Leonard Washington: Leonard Washington, Jr., became part of the Lebanon County community when he joined the staff of the Lebanon VA Medical Center (VAMC) in 1963 as a social worker. During the 1970s and early 80s, he held several federal government assignments of increasing responsibility: Hospital Administration Specialist at the VA Central Office in Washington, DC; completed Assistant Director training at the Shreveport LA VAMC; Assistant Director at the Canandaigua, New York VAMC; and the Associate Director at the Brecksville, Ohio VAMC. In 1982, he returned to the Lebanon VAMC where he served as CEO until retiring in December 1998.
For 34 years, Leonard had made it his mission to care for the heroes who had placed their own lives on the line to present the freedom we all enjoy. As the CEO of the Lebanon VAMC, his record of excellence is well documented in Central Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. He committed the VAMC to provide more than just medical service; he made sure the Lebanon VAMC had presence in the community and the region.
Under his guidance, the Lebanon VAMC introduced the first mobile screening van in the region, the Camp Hill Outpatient Clinic and a Substance Abuse Unit. These merely scratch the surface of his illustrative accomplishments.
In spite of his busy schedule, he served on several boards and in many community organizations. He was a member of the original planning committee which designed the Leadership Lebanon Valley Program and served as a board member of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was honorary chair of the 1998 Relay for Life in Lebanon and a member of the Lebanon Rotary. He was chair of the Government Relations Committee for the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and retired in 2018 from the board of United Way of Lebanon County after 35 years. He was a proud 60 year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity active in the Kappa Omega Chapter and a proud member of the Beta Pi Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
Leonard was a faithful and active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he willingly took on leadership positions in the church as Lay Reader, Chair of the Pastor Parish Committee, Choir Member, Men’s Breakfast Leader and served on local and district committees.
Leonard’s energy, discipline and selfless years of service have touched many lives directly and indirectly. Leonard received many honors, recognitions and awards, most notably the Founders Day Award from Lebanon Valley College. The Founders Day Award recognizes people whose character and leadership contributed to the enhancement of life in Central Pennsylvania.