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 36th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor.  The deadline for nominations is October 22, 2021.

According to Kristy Brown, 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 she said.

Over the past 35years approximately 275 individuals have received these prestigious awards.  “In order for us to continue our longstanding 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 Brown.

Due to Covid-19 and there is a possibility of a virtual Program. If necessary, information on how to connect to virtual program. The number of recipients to be honored will be determined by COVID and the number of nominations received.

The award recipients will be selected by an anonymous committee in November and announced in December or January.  They will be honored at the 36th event ”Loving Hearts, Helping Hands, to be held on February 26, 2022.

Nomination forms are available at here or the Heart of the Community Facebook page.