The Community Heroes Award was established in 2011 by Clintonville native Dan Olk to recognize and celebrate outstanding volunteer service that greatly enhances Clintonville area communities. The award, which comes with $2,000 for the winner to donate to local charities, is supported through the Clintonville Area Foundation. The nomination deadline is July 31. It will be presented during the Foundation’s 2019 annual fund-raiser, “The Art of Living/Giving” on September 14, 2019 at Clintonville Riverside Golf Course.
Nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Exemplify the spirit of community service.
- Make an outstanding contribution to the community through volunteer service.
- Demonstrate exceptional commitment, service, creativity, cooperation or leadership.
- Serve as a role model for others in their community.
- Inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
- Receive no financial compensation for their volunteer activities.
- Perform the majority of his/her volunteer work in the greater Clintonville area, defined as the Clintonville Public School District. He/she need not reside in the area.
To be eligible to receive award money, local charities must meet the following criteria:
- Be registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
- Provide services that are accessible to residents of the greater Clintonville Area. The charities need not be based in this area.
- Provide communitywide services. These services can include, but are not limited to, fundraisers for local communitywide services (e.g., food pantry) and communitywide meals organized by churches or other entities. Services that are not considered communitywide and therefore cannot be funded include fundraisers for activities outside the greater Clintonville area (including medical research), church activities that benefit only parishioners of that church, and clubs with restricted membership.
The nominator need not reside in the greater Clintonville area.