Chesterfield resident Darlene Chinn recently won a Hometown Heroes Award.
Sponsored by the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, the award celebrates acts of kindness and heroism throughout Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and surrounding areas.
Chinn, a former military spouse, is passionate about helping veterans. She first became involved with Veterans Helping Veterans Now after meeting its founder, Henry Mack, at a grandparents support group, Kinship Connection. She is an integral part of the fundraising efforts to build a new community outreach center for the veterans group that will provide expanded services to veterans. Through VHVNOW, she helps veterans and former military wives and children fight for benefits.
Darlene also helps women suffering from PTSD and other health issues. She also is involved in community service projects for youth and adults.
“If I can help, I’ll do whatever I can,” she said. “I want people to know you’re not alone, but you have to seek out the help.”
“We’re honored to recognize the special people in our communities who are making a difference on an individual basis,” said Edward Allen, president of Allen & Allen.
The public was asked to complete a nomination form in recognition of their favorite local hero. The award represents an annual tradition for the local law firm, which has honored over 400 individuals.