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Nominations for City's Annual Volunteer Awards Open Through Friday, December 28

Post Date:12/12/2018 4:30 PM
Volunteer AwardsThere’s still a few weeks left to nominate a volunteer for the Carrollton Cares Volunteer Awards, including the Volunteer of the Year, Neighborhood Leadership, and Outstanding Community Organization Awards facilitated by the City’s Neighborhood Partnership Office, as well as the Jimmy Porter Award facilitated by the Parks & Recreation Department.

Nominations will be accepted both online and in hard copy through Friday, December 28 by 11:30 a.m. All four awards will be presented at the 12th Annual Citizens’ Evening on Tuesday, February 26 at the Carrollton Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road) in the Texas Ballroom from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  

The Carrollton Cares Volunteer Awards are designed to recognize individuals, organizations, and leaders who have gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional community service to the City of Carrollton and its residents in 2018. The City is grateful for those who have contributed their time, ideas, and efforts in making the community a beautiful place while enhancing the lives of others.  

The Volunteer of the Year Award is for distinguished service to a City of Carrollton department or program. Previous Volunteers of the Year include Pam Mulligan for her service to the Carrollton Animal Advisory Committee and Animal Services & Adoption Center; Paul Price for his service to the Museum Board and contributions to the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum as an event volunteer and tour guide for groups and school children; John Roppolo, who was a founding member of the Neighborhood Advisory Commission and has served on a variety of boards and commissions for more than 20 years; and Russell Widener, a Citizens on Patrol volunteer who has made it his personal mission to eradicate graffiti in Carrollton and works with local organizations and citizens to ensure that graffiti is abated at no charge on both private and public land. 

The Outstanding Community Organization Award is designed to recognize active organizations giving back to the Carrollton community, such as neighborhood associations, non-profits, PTAs, churches, and youth groups. 

The Neighborhood Leadership Award recognizes individuals in the Carrollton community who have taken a proactive role in addressing the needs of the City and its residents in 2018 through efforts such as beautification, youth, church community outreach, and intercultural projects, as well as outstanding board leadership, crime watch, and social causes. Nominees can serve neighborhood associations, churches, non-profits, PTAs, or any other self-organized group that serves the City. 

The Jimmy Porter Award recognizes those who have volunteered in one of the nine recognized Carrollton youth sport leagues (Aqua Racers Swim Team, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Baseball Association, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Girls Softball League, Carrollton-Farmers Branch Soccer Association, Carrollton Youth Basketball, Carrollton Youth Football, Carrollton Youth Track & Field, Carrollton Youth Volleyball, or North Texas Little League) within the past year with no compensation for time and activities for which they are being considered. Time volunteered on behalf of teams, leagues, or activities affiliated with a Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District school does not qualify for the Jimmy Porter Award, but it does for other awards. 

For more information about the Carrollton Cares Volunteer Awards and to make a nomination, visit and submit the application electronically. Printed or hard copy applications may be submitted to Community Development at Carrollton City Hall (1945 E. Jackson Road). For more information about the City’s various volunteer opportunities, visit
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