VSA employees discuss their reasons for volunteering

This week VSA Resorts joins in the celebration of National Volunteer Week. The annual observance is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action, to realize their power to make a difference, and be a force that transforms the world.

VSA encourages volunteerism and gives team members many opportunities to help out with causes they care about.  It doesn’t stop with employees, VSA owners and guests also join in by donating food to the local FoodBank, participating in Earth Hour or other events throughout the year.

Two of VSA’s most active volunteers took time to talk with us today about why they volunteer and offer a few words of encouragement for those who may be thinking about getting involved.

Dana McManus, VSA Resorts Controller

What motivates you to volunteer?

My mom modeled volunteering for me.  She was always willing to help out.  Volunteering has always given me a chance to do something for others and take the focus off of myself.  It has also provided me an opportunity to meet some wonderful people and have some experiences I may not otherwise have had.

What volunteer experience have you enjoyed the most? Why? 

When my children were younger, I enjoyed volunteering for school functions because I wanted to show my support and I enjoyed spending time with all the kids.   One of my favorite volunteer experiences in recent years was through my church; we painted, cleaned, and prepped the yard for a home PIN Ministries was providing for a family who would have a place to live.  It is always great when you can help others in need and it costs NOTHING but time.

Do you have any words of encouragement you would like to share to inspire others to volunteer?  

I would encourage everyone to volunteer at least once in their lifetime – can be anything.  You may find it is enjoyable and provides opportunities to meet others and help people in ways that you may not even realize.  You don’t have to have special gifts or talents; volunteers are needed for everything and it could change your life.


Dawn Cox, VSA Resorts Mortgage and Portfolio Manager

What motivates you to volunteer?

I volunteer because it gives me a sense of fulfillment.  To help, give, provide, teach, learn, and motivate voluntarily gives me an adrenaline rush.  I like to be part of a team and I also love to motivate others to join in on the opportunity to share of piece of themselves and get involved.  Sometimes encouraging those quiet, introverted folks to take part in an opportunity to volunteer helps them to break out of their norm and allows them to get to know others as well as others to get to know them.  Volunteering usually means supporting something that needs people and/or provides a service that may not otherwise be provided without asking for help, support and money.  I like to help and I feel blessed that I am able to give my time and energy to an important task or mission.

What volunteer experience have you enjoyed the most? Why? 

I’ve done a lot of volunteering, but my recent favorite was volunteering to be a team captain for Heart Health Month by heading up the Guardian Office Walkers Team in VSA’s step challenge.  I enjoyed getting my coworkers motivated to join the team, walk, and share their daily results.  I loved getting members of the team together for afternoon walks, photos and chat sessions.  It brought me joy to get folks motivated by giving kudos for every step and showering team members with words of encouragement.  It was never about the win or the amount of steps taken but rather that steps were taken, which ultimately improves heart health, the whole reason for the challenge.  It was a very rewarding volunteer experience.

Do you have any words of encouragement you would like to share to inspire others to volunteer?  

I believe that to volunteer is a gift – given and received.  It can really improve self-confidence and self-awareness to those who volunteer.  Also, it can truly mean the world to those who are on the receiving end.

“Our VSA team members have a heart for people and are always willing to volunteer to make the community a little brighter,” says Lori Overholt, VSA Resorts president. “From collecting food for the FoodBank, to making sandwiches for the homeless, to walking in the latest charitable walk-a-thon, to going above and beyond for our guests, our team members exhibit a passion for service and make us proud.”


About National Volunteer Week:
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the expression of civic life has evolved. Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.

About VSA Resorts:
VSA Resorts is a three-property hospitality and vacation ownership company dedicated to building positive, memorable experiences for owners and guests through Value, Service and Atmosphere.  Located in popular tourist destination Virginia Beach, Virginia, VSA Resorts entered the vacation ownership business in 1990 with the Ocean Key Resort  and Atrium Resorts .  The Ocean Sands Resort   was acquired in 1998.  VSA Resorts employs nearly 100 people and has an owner membership of over 13,000.  In 2013, VSA Association Management was created to provide the same quality management services to homeowner associations.  www.vsaresorts.com