Erin B. Ashwell has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her pro bono work and service to local non-profit community organizations.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes those who have achieved a certain number of hours of service over a twelve-month period or cumulative hours over a lifetime.

Ashwell, a Bedford County native, serves on the board of trustees of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia, is president of the Roanoke chapter of the Roanoke Women’s Attorney Association, and has volunteered for Four on the Fourth, a fund-raising race benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. She was submitted for the award by the Roanoke Bar Association.

“This award was certainly a great surprise,” Ashwell said. “As a firm, Woods Rogers sees itself as part of the community and believes in the responsibility of being in the community. It’s all about giving back to the community we love.”

Ashwell serves in the Litigation Section at Woods Rogers, representing clients in state and federal litigation, including civil litigation and appeals.

Helping children was always a significant part of Ashwell’s life; both of her parents are educators. Their profession helped drive her interest in helping children, particularly with the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“It’s a way to engage in kids, which is not something I get to do every day,” she said. In recognition of her work, Ashwell received a personalized certificate and a congratulatory letter from President Obama.