Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award
STACVA is a new national program that will honor 100 extraordinary public service volunteers in smaller localities under 5,000. It will shine a spotlight on the growing need for citizens to fill critical civic roles including local government boards and councils, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and the many advisory committees that support other key local government functions. Winning nominees will receive cash awards to their local governments, customized municipal and county websites, and related services.
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?
The chief elected official (or his/her designee) from the locality making the nomination will use the STACVA online nomination system. Applications require statements describing nominees’ outstanding volunteer service and/or recruitment efforts.