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FROM THE FIELD: COMMUNITY LEADERS

National Sargent Shriver Personal Achievement Award

This award recognizes individuals who have changed their lives, embody Community Action’s spirit of hope, and are now working to make America a better place to live. These individuals, with the assistance of Community Action, have achieved economic stability and are now working to assist others in doing the same.

To nominate an individual, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

Each award winner will receive an award plaque, $1,000, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

This Award is named for Sargent Shriver, the first director of the federal Office of Economic Opportunity which initiated the Community Action Program in 1964.

National Community Action Volunteer Recognition Award

This award recognizes individuals working hand in hand with a Community Action Agency to pursue individual, family, and community-wide solutions to barriers holding families back from success. These individuals have shown outstanding dedication to Community Action and have made extraordinary contributions to a Community Action Agency.

To nominate an individual, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

Each award winner will receive an award plaque, $1,000, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

This award was inspired by Jayne Thomas who was an outstanding Community Action leader with Total Action Against Poverty (Roanoke, VA) and a State Community Services Block Grant Director (VA).

FROM THE NETWORK: COMMUNITY ACTION LEADERS

National Lyndon Baines Johnson Leadership Award

This award recognizes Community Action practitioners whose expertise on what works to promote greater economic opportunity for children and families is known and respected at the national, state, and local level. These practitioners have led their Community Action Agency in connecting a significant number of children and families to greater opportunity, transforming their lives and making their communities a better place to live.

To nominate an individual, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

Each award winner will receive an award plaque, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

This Award is named for President Lyndon Baines Johnson who signed into law the Economic Opportunity Action of 1964 which authorized the formation of the Community Action Program.

National Robert M. Coard Innovation Award

This award recognizes Community Action practitioners who have displayed exceptional innovation in the creation of tools, mechanisms, and bridges that advance community-wide solutions to barriers that prevent children and families from thriving. These practitioners recognize families don’t thrive on their own – their success is intertwined with a community’s overall stability. Consequently, they have worked through their Community Action Agency to create economic growth and opportunity.

To nominate an individual, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

Each award winner will receive an award plaque, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

This award is named for Robert M. Coard who was the President and CEO of ABCD in Boston for more than 40 years. Under his leadership, ABCD helped countless clients find housing, jobs, food, and heat, and it grew to become an agency with a staff of about 1,000.

National Drum Major for Justice Award

This award recognizes individuals who have not only worked to examine structural race, gender, and other inequities within their Community Action Agency and community, but also have built the capacity to address equity within their agency and communities to ensure all families have access to opportunity.

To nominate an individual, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission. Each award winner will receive an award plaque, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

This award was inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who, throughout his life, was a drum major for justice, peace, truth, love, and righteousness. His tireless efforts to advance equity tilled the soil for the passage of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Economic Opportunity Action of 1964 which created the Community Action Program.

National Advocacy Award

This award recognizes Community Action practitioners who have played a key role in shaping smarter national, federal, state, or local policy proposals on how to help families succeed by lifting up Community Action solutions that work to create pathways to prosperity.

To nominate an individual, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

Each award winner will receive an award plaque, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

The Promise in Action Award

This award recognizes Community Action Agencies that have been diligently caring for the entire community and remain dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other amidst a catastrophe. These agencies are working to build resilient communities that are not only more sustainable, but also transformative and just.

To nominate a Community Action Agency (CAA), applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting reasons for nomination along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

The Executive Director of each CAA award winner will receive an award plaque, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. All CAA staff present during Annual Convention will be recognized during the Annual Convention. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.

FROM OUR PARTNERS: CORPORATE LEADERS

National Community Action Corporate Partnership Award

This award recognizes corporations or business that have exhibited a long-term commitment to supporting Community Action or worked directly to impact economic growth and increase opportunity for children and families in their community, state, region, or the nation.

To nominate a corporation or business, applicants are required to submit a narrative documenting demonstrating the impact of the corporation or business’ impact, along with letters of support and local/state press coverage. Nominations remain active for three (3) years from the date of submission.

The Executive Director of each corporation or business award winner will receive an award plaque, flowers, complimentary Annual Convention registration for the awardee and a companion, and complimentary travel to Annual Convention (including transportation, lodging, and per diem) for the awardee and a companion. Up to two (2) awards may be offered per year.