2023 Community First Awards Nominations Are Open

2023 Community First Awards Nominations Are Open

Andrea Byerly
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 12:00 AM
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CLEVELAND, TN - Cleveland State Community College is accepting nominations for its Eighth Annual Community First Awards on Tuesday, September 19 at the Partners in Industry & Education (PIE) Center in Cleveland. Each year, this event honors individuals who have a passion for giving back to the communities they serve.

“These awards celebrate the passion and commitment of individuals within our community. I am incredibly proud that the college recognizes those who give back,” stated Dr. Ty Stone, Cleveland State President. “If you know someone in any of the eight categories who exemplifies Community First qualities, please complete a nomination form. Everyone within our five-county service area is eligible, but they must be nominated.”

Nominations are judged based on the nominees’ extraordinary commitment of time, talent and/or treasure to the community. Anyone who lives in the Cleveland State five-county service area of Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties is eligible to be nominated and receive a Community First Award.

This year, there are eight different categories: Arts, Education, Healthcare, Non-Profit Leadership, Philanthropy, Public Service, Student Leadership and Volunteer Service.

Arts: Nominees should work, participate or volunteer in any aspect of the arts and have or are making a significant contribution to the community through the arts. 
Education: Nominees should work, at any level, in the education field where he/she has or is currently making a meaningful impact on the development and growth of the students served.
Healthcare: Nominees should work in the healthcare field and have made a significant difference in the lives of the people they serve and have a passion for helping others.
Non-Profit Leadership: Nominees should play a leadership role in a non-profit organization that serves and positively contributes to the needs and quality of life of the citizens of the community.  
Philanthropy: Nominees should give of their financial resources, whether personally or through their business, to support important causes in our communities. This could be a one-time gift or a record of giving over time.
Public Service: Nominees should hold or have held a job and/or serve in a position dedicated to serving, protecting and/or enhancing the public. This could be anyone from first responders, elected officials, or someone who works for a public agency.
Student Leadership: Nominees should be students (K-12 to college) whose actions reflect leadership skills (on- or off-campus) and a commitment to serve or support their school and/or community. 
Volunteer Service: Nominees should exemplify a spirit of volunteerism and community involvement. This service could be through a volunteer agency, organization, school or self-organized.

Nominations are open to the public; the nomination form is available online at mycs.cc/communityfirstawards until June 30. For additional information, please contact Jill Norton Woodruff at (423) 614-8703. 



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