Vienna native receives Points of Light Award for service

MANASSAS, Va. — On Sept. 29 Jonathan K. Heath, of Manassas,Va., was honored with the Daily Point of Light Award by the non-profit charity Points of Light honoring his volunteer service.

Heath, a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law and West Virginia University at Parkersburg, had volunteered thousands of hours with the WVU Immigration Law Clinic and other immigration related charities over the past several years.

Heath, a Vienna native, is a magistrate for the 31st Judicial District, Magisterial Region 5 in Prince William County, Va.

“I am really humbled by this award,” Heath said. “I there are many other individuals who I think are deserving of this honor.” Heath has also said he is hopeful that his service inspires others to volunteer in their communities.

Heath’s volunteerism has been recognized in the past. He has previously been awarded the Call to Service Award and the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (in Gold) in 2014.

He has also been honored with a citation from the governor of West Virginia for his previous charitable service which included service as the executive director of a non-profit he helped found in the Parkersburg area.

Created by the administration of President George H. W. Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America. Each weekday, one volunteer or volunteer effort is recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award.

“I really credit the opportunities and experiences I had at WVU Law with preparing me for this position,” Heath said. “I feel that the skills courses, such as interviewing, counseling and negotiation as well as the experience I gained both as a member of the clinic and as a mediator have given me the chance to get some hands-on invaluable experience.”

Magistrates in Virginia are employees of the Executive Office of the Virginia Supreme Court unlike those in West Virginia, who are elected. Virginia magistrates are independent judicial officers who conduct probable cause hearings, bail hearings, and issue a wide range of criminal and civil process including search warrants, arrest warrants, civil commitment orders and emergency protective orders, and perform a range of other judicial duties.

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