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. More than 400 Georgia cities (those under 25,000 population) are eligible to nominate outstanding public service volunteers for the 2021 program. There will be 100 winnders, and in addition to receiving national recognition, the top three winning communities have the potential to win significant cash awards. Localities represented by the top 100 national nominees will receive free volunteer management modules and 12 months of free ongoing support services from CivicPlus, with the top 3 also receiving cash awards of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.
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. For more information and details about how to nominate a volunteer, please visit the link above.