Vanessa Jones-Warner: Seventh of Ten 2020 Jefferson Award Winners
Ask anyone who knows Vanessa Jones-Warner and they’ll tell you she’s hard-working, dedicated, and extremely giving. She organizes and runs a range of projects for those throughout Delmarva, including filling 50 to 70 book bags every year with much-needed school-supplies for children who live throughout the Eastern Shore.
Jones-Warner’s husband, Tony Jones Sr., nominated her for a Jefferson Award.
“She gives out book bags to her churches, too. Three churches that I know of,” he said.
Jones-Warner has also done everything from spending a decade teaching parenting and teen classes, to buying diapers for little ones whose parents need a helping hand. She’s even raised funds for much-needed equipment for children with special needs. And we can’t forget mentioning how she feeds young, hungry bellies with no questions asked.
Jones-Warner’s daughter, Dawn Warner, said of her mother, “Whatever you need, she will do whatever she can to get if she don’t have it.”
Jones-Warner explained why she does what she does.
“I want to leave a legacy that even though it seems they have nowhere to go and are in despair, someone can help them,” she said. “And all they wanted is just a little bit of love. That’s what I try to give all of them: love.”
Jones-Warner’s other daughter, Tisheika Warner, said of her mother, “The love that we have for her is deeper than the gifts we can buy in a store, so to be able to surprise her today is beyond amazing.”
These are just a few of the reasons why Vanessa Jones-Warner is a 2020 Jefferson Award winner!
About the Jefferson Awards
WBOC is proud to be a local partner of the Jefferson Awards, which are presented to unrecognized citizens on Delmarva who provide extraordinary public service. The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The 2020 Jefferson Awards are made possible through the support of our local sponsor, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.