Each month during the 2012 season, September through December, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback of the Month winner will be selected. The winner will receive a $1,000 grant from NFL Charities to support the organization served.
The Atlanta Falcons named Bob Lehrer the 2012 Community Quarterback MVP at the third annual Community Honors Dinner at Ray's on the River. For this honor, a $4,000 grant from NFL Charities will be provided to Habitat of for Humanity-North Central Georgia.
Bob Lehrer, Community Quarterback winner for the month of September, was honored along with Anne Townsley (October winner), Lauren O'Brien (November winner) and Solomon Roberts (December winner) for their tireless commitment to giving back to the community.
Anne Townsley began volunteering with Fernbank Museum of Natural History in 2002, and has volunteered over 1,300 hours. Over the past 10 years, she has served as a greeter, making a difference for every guest that walks through the doors. For the past 6 years, Anne has given her time to the environmental education program, Urban Watch, by leading children on exploratory walks through the 65 acre forest, teaching about the ecosystem, invasive plant species and the importance of indigenous plants.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a non-profit museum that relies heavily on the support of volunteers in order to serve over 400,000 people a year. October 2012 is Fernbank's 20 year anniversary and they continue to offer dynamic programming, exhibits and educational films to visitors of all ages.
Bob Lehrer began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia in 2005 and currently volunteers weekly as a house leader. As a house leader, Bob works year round in all types of weather conditions and manages countless volunteers on a weekly basis to teach them construction skills and provide supervision to complete homes on schedule. Just this year, Bob has worked in three counties to construct 17 houses to provide 68 family members with a safe and stable home. Bob also serves as the local Habitat representative for the international Habitat builds under projects sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International and Jimmy Carter. He travels outside the U.S. twice a year to lead builds and coordinate local volunteer participation. He is a model volunteer and his energy and enthusiasm are endless.
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia is a non-profit housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 226 homes have been completed and over 850 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership but they also know that their lives will be changed forever.
Lauren O'Brien founded Embraced in January 2008 after her own athletic orthopedic accident left her with a desire to donate her unneeded medical equipment. Discovering that a donation service did not exist, she created Embraced Atlanta to provide medical equipment to uninsured and low income communities. Lauren works passionately in the development and execution of all aspects of the organization and has fostered partnerships within the medical community to provide collection sites throughout Georgia.
Embraced works to ensure that all people have access to quality orthopedic and prosthetic medical equipment that can improve the quality of their lives. Embraced collects gently used orthopedic equipment (crutches, prosthetics, wheelchairs, braces, etc.) by placing bins in doctor's offices. The collected material is redistributed to individuals in need - both locally and globally.
Solomon Roberts is a senior at Tucker High School and serves as a volunteer coach for the Fugees Family under-14 soccer team. He devotes over nine hours a week to attend the team's bi-weekly practices, weekend games and tutoring sessions in addition to maintaining his own academic and athletic obligations. Seen as a leader among his peers and neighbors for his volunteer work within the community, Solomon serves as a role model and demonstrates the importance of giving back.
The Fugees Family is devoted to helping child survivors of war rebuild their lives, one step at a time. The organization works to afford refugee youth equal access to educational opportunities with the goal that each Fugee will attend a post-secondary institution, earn a degree and enter the workforce prepared to provide for their families in a way that will enable them to break free of the generational cycle of poverty. In 2004, Luma Mufleh started a soccer team for refugee boys in Clarkston; since that time, Fugees soccer has grown into a group of programs focusing on the various needs of refugee youth. These programs include a private school, a summer academic enrichment camp, after school tutoring and soccer, an Elementary After School Program, academic case management for all students and a Training and Empowerment Program for parents and siblings.
To read about the 2011 Community Quarterback Award Winners, click here.
To read about the 2010 Community Quarterback Award Winners, click here.
To read about the 2009 Community Quarterback Award Winners, click here.