Roanoke, VA - Roanoke City Council and the Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates continue to seek award nominations for the new city-wide 2015 Neighborhood Partnership Awards Program. Citizens are encouraged to submit as many nominations as possible to honor and recognize the volunteer efforts provided by neighborhood groups, individuals, businesses and nonprofits to improve the quality of life in our city's neighborhoods. There is still time to submit a nomination before the Oct. 15 deadline, and there is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted.
The nine Neighborhood Partnership Award categories are as follows:
--Neighborhood-City Partnership Award--recognizing a city department or employee who assisted and/or provided resources to a neighborhood organization on a project, program, or activity that improved/enhanced the neighborhood's quality of life.
--Neighborhood-Community Partnership Award--for contributions made by a business, nonprofit, school and/or other institution to improve the surrounding neighborhood and/or community at large.
--Neighborhood Improvement Award--recognizing a neighborhood project and/or activity that improves/enhances/maintains the neighborhood's quality of life.
--Neighborhood Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award—recognizing outstanding volunteer service to his or her neighborhood.
--Neighborhood Youth Volunteer Award--recognizing the outstanding contribution by a youth (or youth group) age 18 and under that improved or positively affected the living conditions of individuals and/or quality of life in their neighborhood.
--Neighborhood Communications Award--recognizing the excellence in quality and creativity in neighborhood-oriented publications and/or other neighborhood communication outreach activities in getting the word out.
--Neighborhood Unsung Hero Award--recognizing the volunteer contribution made in an individual who gives outstanding volunteer service to his or her neighborhood.
--Neighborhood Arts Award--recognizing a neighborhood project or activity that improves the quality of visual/performing arts in the neighborhood, and/or enhances the character and/or surrounding area of the neighborhood through visual/performing arts.
A ninth award, the Neighborhood All-Star Award, will be provided by Council to recognize the exceptional accomplishments achieved by an eligible recipient of one or more of the above award categories that improved/enhanced the neighborhood's quality of life.
Awards will be presented by City Council members at the annual City Neighborhoods "Harvesting of the Fruits" Potluck and Awards Dinner held in Jefferson Center's Fitzpatrick Hall on Friday, Nov. 13. This event is open to all neighborhood residents who would like to bring their favorite dish to share. All award nominees will be notified and strongly encouraged to attend this annual event as well. The event is free but registration is required.
Additional information about the Neighborhood Awards Program, including an online nomination form, is available at www.roanokeva.gov/neighborhoodawards or by contacting the Office of Neighborhood Services at 540-853-5210.