Nominations are being accepted for the annual program that honors individuals who have worked tirelessly to improve the community through volunteerism.

 

The Heart of the Community Foundation, Inc. and its Board of Governors are accepting nominations of potential recipients for the 32nd anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  The deadline for nominations is October 20, 2018.

 

According to Chris Kerr, Chairman of the Board of Governors, the awards committee searches for individuals who have given their time and talents to make this community a better place in which to live through their selfless dedication to volunteer and community service.

 

“Candidates who should be considered for the award are those “unsung heroes” who have distinguished themselves through volunteer services that have greatly impacted the lives of children, the elderly, disadvantaged, or the community-at-large.  Their service could be in any or several of the following areas: education, religion, health and medicine, government, community, humanitarian, youth, arts, general leadership, retired/past service, conservation, or others,” or others he said.

 

Categories for nominations include:  Board of Governors Award, Awards of Honor, a Young Heart Award (40 years of age or younger) and an Employer Community Service Award.

 

Over the past 31 years approximately 235 individuals have received these prestigious awards.  “In order for us to continue our long standing tradition of honoring some of Rome’s “unsung heroes”, we need the community to support our efforts by nominating deserving individuals that have touched their lives or the lives of others.  When you look around at our community and see all that it has to offer, you know there are outstanding volunteers working diligently behind the scenes, don’t let a deserving individual go unnoticed because you thought someone else might nominate them,” noted Kerr.

 

Six award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in December or January.  They along with the Board of Governors’ Award recipient will be honored at the 32nd annual black tie event, ”Loving Hearts, Helping Hands, to be held on February 9, 2019 at the Forum Rivercenter.

Nomination forms are available at from this site or the Heart of the Community Facebook page .