Nominations Now Accepted for Community Spirit Awards

Know someone who volunteers a lot? Want to see them recognized for their efforts?

Now’s the chance.

Nominations are now being accepted for the first-ever Community Spirit Awards. For years, the city has recognized residents and business owners who have volunteered and assisted the city.

But this year, Johnnie Goodnight, assistant to the city manager, said members of the Community Affairs Advisory Board [CAAB] decided the city needed to recognize people who have made contributions not connected to the city. Contributions that “maybe aren’t quite as visible” – even for something as small as mowing a neighbor’s lawn.

“We’re excited to launch the Community Spirit Awards to engage local residents and business owners to acknowledge those who deserve recognition for their spirit of giving,” said Deborah Allen, chair of CAAB. “We encourage the community to nominate qualified candidates as we know there are many deserving individuals.”

The Volunteer of the Year will be an award given to the resident “who has consistently demonstrated his or her dedication to the community through civic or charitable volunteer service during 2015.”

The Volunteer Business of the Year will be given to an “outstanding business, business association or not-for-profit organization located in Wilton Manors or one that provides direct service to area residents.”

Those nominated can’t receive compensation for their service and it must be unrelated to their job.

Nominations must be 250 words or less and are due by March 21. For more information, visit or call 954-390-2120.

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