Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award

STACVA is an annual program that honors 100 extraordinary public service volunteers in localities under 25,000.  It spotlights the urgent need for citizens to fill critical civic volunteer roles including local government boards and councils, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and the many advisory committees that support key local government functions. CivicPlus will provide a cash award of $20,000 to the national Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award winner, $10,000 to the first runner-up and $5,000 to the second runner-up. Awards will be made directly to the local governments represented by the award winners, and are intended to support the retention and recruitment of local public service volunteers. In addition, each of the local governments represented by the top 100 honorees may qualify for a volunteer management module with 12 months of complimentary support services from CivicPlus.  

What is the Purpose of the Program?

Research shows that the percent of people volunteering in small communities and rural counties has dropped substantially over the last 12 years. Civic volunteerism is the lifeblood of small town and rural America. STACVA is intended to help address this critical shortage by recognizing and supporting “hometown heroes,” and by promoting best practices designed to spur a cadre of new civic volunteers to fill these vital roles.

How Do I Nominate My Civic Volunteer?

Local government representatives from towns, cities and counties with populations less than 25,000 may nominate public service volunteers or public service volunteer organizations for STACVA recognition.

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