Nominate volunteers, organizations for our community partner awards

Is there a community volunteer or organization in your neighborhood who deserves a little bit of extra recognition this year?

Mon Valley Initiative is accepting nominations for its annual Community Partner Awards, presented each year in October.

Since 1990, Community Partner Awards have been presented by the community development corporations and local advisory groups that participate in Mon Valley Initiative, said Grant Cole, community outreach specialist. This is the first year that nominations also have been taken from the public.

Nominations must be received by Aug. 15, 2020.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, there have been many people who have stepped up to help their neighbors or their communities, usually with no recognition,” Cole said.

“But there are other people and groups who have been helping their municipalities for many years,” he said. “They clean up vacant lots, run block-watch programs, stock food pantries or little libraries, and organize volunteer efforts.”

“Since many of us have been spending time re-connecting with our neighbors during the pandemic, we decided this was a good year to ask for nominations for community partner awards from throughout the Mon Valley,” Cole said.

Anyone who works or lives in one of the communities that borders on the Monongahela River may be nominated for a community partner award, he said. Employees and board members of Mon Valley Initiative and their immediate family are not eligible, Cole said.

Three to five awardees will be selected by the MVI board and staff and their names will be announced in October. They also will be featured in a video, Cole said.

To nominate someone for an MVI Community Partner Award, apply online or use this form (PDF) and mail it to Mon Valley Initiative, 305 East Eighth Ave., Homestead, PA 15120-1517.

Include your name, your email address and a daytime phone number where you can be reached for more information. Nominations must be received by Aug. 15, 2020.