UVA Student Picked as VA’s Adult Volunteer of the Year
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -
A young woman from Albemarle County who first garnered national attention while still in high school is being honored again for her community service efforts - this time while a student at the University of Virginia.
Governor Terry McAuliffe will recognize 20-year-old Nicole Muller as Virginia's adult volunteer of the year. The third-year student runs a nationwide food drive from her college apartment. Muller coordinates Neighbors-4-Neighbors food drives in all 50 states by emailing strangers and family friends.
She started collecting food from the dozen homes in her Crozet neighborhood when she was 16. It expanded from there when Muller was a student at Western Albemarle High School.
Once, she accidentally set a goal during an interview, telling the reporter she would collect 1,000 pounds of food. She did that and then some. Neighbors-4-Neighbors food drives have now collected nearly 670,000 pounds for food banks across the country.
“I can't really comprehend that number, but whenever I go to the food bank or have people talk to me about it, they always tell stories about the people who have been directly impacted. It warms my heart. It's really sweet,” Muller said.
Muller has been recognized nationwide for her community service. She was named one of Glamour magazine's "21 amazing young women" in 2011. Muller says she feels blessed by the nominations and awards and hopes it raises awareness about hunger.
She will travel to the governor's mansion in Richmond to receive her award during a ceremony Thursday night.
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