VolunteerAR, Office of the Governor, the Governor's Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism (GACNSV), Arkansas Municipal League, and Arkansas Department of Human Services - Office of Communications and Community Engagement
Awards to Arkansas municipalities in recognition of outstanding community-wide volunteer efforts. This award program is intended to honor communities as a whole, rather than individual volunteers. Winners have addressed vital communal needs, overcome obstacles and crises, and taken innovative approaches to solving problems.
Volunteer Community of the Year (COY) Awards are designed to recognize municipalities (rather than individual volunteers) that seek to address the areas of greatest need within their communities through a spirit of volunteerism.
The Volunteer Community of the Year Awards honor communities that demonstrate the ability to address their community's greatest needs through impact-minded volunteer activities. A sampling of the criteria used to select the winning communities is as follows:
- What ongoing volunteer services and programs directly address the areas of greatest need within your community?
- Is your community seeing positive impact (change) from its efforts to fill the gaps in service provision? (Activities should be important to the overall welfare of the community.)
- Are your community's volunteer activities innovative and/or of long term service? (Innovation takes into consideration the degree to which the activities represent a new involvement of volunteers and/or a significantly new approach to a pressing problem or significant event. Innovation also considers a program’s ability to adapt and grow in the midst of uncertainty.)
- Did the community have to overcome any unusual challenges in order to carry out these volunteer activities or achieve impact? (Such challenges might include a community crisis, polarized public opinion, a disaster, or limited resources.)
Special consideration will be given to communities that mobilize citizens to complete an annual community-wide service initiative. Ideally, service initiatives target legacy projects, which are designed to develop long-term support for the community’s infrastructure, operations, and/or quality of life. These community volunteer initiatives should seek to impact areas of greatest need.
Special consideration will be given to cities who join the Cities of Service coalition and, under Cities of Service guidelines, create a citywide service plan. Participation in a citywide service initiative and or/ partnership with Cities of Service will be criteria used in selecting Arkansas Volunteer Communities of the Year.
Nomination statements should outline community volunteerism within a 12-month period.
GrantWatch ID#: 174776
COY communities receive signs on two of the city's borders designating them as a Volunteer Community of the Year for the specified year. The Arkansas Highway Commission donates the COY Award signs annually.
In addition, the cities and their volunteer programs are featured in articles in City & Town magazine, which is published by the Arkansas Municipal League.
Awards are made to municipalities in Arkansas.
Cities that have been honored in the past can be recognized again for new or continued accomplishments.
November 2, 2018 is the absolute deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 Community of the Year (COY) Awards.
Nominations of an Arkansas municipality for the COY are to be made online.
For the VolunteerAR Service Planning Toolkit:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For Nomination Guidelines and Submission: https://www.volunteerar.org/coy-nomination
For information or assistance, contact:
Volunteer Program Coordinator, Volunteer Recognition Programs
PO Box 1437, Slot S230
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437