The second annual Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA) program was launched July 15 nationwide in towns and counties with populations of less than 25,000. The country’s top 100 small town public service volunteers will again be recognized and honored for their outstanding service, with the top three winning cash awards for their communities.
Details of the awards program, as well as the nomination form, can be found at www.civicvolunteer.com. The nomination period will run through October 15.
In addition to recognizing these ‘hometown heroes’ STACVA is designed to spotlight the alarming decline in the availability of citizens to fill critical local government roles, such as county boards and city councils, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and the many advisory committees that support other key local government functions.
STAVCA is sponsored by CivicPlus, the nation’s leading integrated technology platform for local governments. The program is co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Association of Towns and Townships, Main Street America and Points of Light. Representatives of these organizations are serving on the STACVA Advisory Team. The Barton Russell Group, the nation’s leading small town and rural America consultancy, has again been retained to administer and judge the 2021 program. Municipalities and counties represented by the top 100 nominees will qualify for a free volunteer management module that can be integrated with their website to help engage, recruit, track, and retain community volunteers. They will also receive 12 months of free support services for the module from CivicPlus. Localities represented by the top 3 national STACVA winners will also receive cash awards of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Local government representatives may nominate citizens or citizen organizations, using the online application. Nominators are asked to describe their candidate’s compelling story of local volunteerism and its positive impact on their community. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in November.
“We hope in some small way the STACVA program will encourage people to step up volunteer at the local level for these critical civic roles,” said Millard Rose, VP/GM of CivicEngage and CivicOptimize. “Ultimately, that’s what this program is all about.”
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