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Fire service volunteers among the 100 winners of the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Awards

CivicPlus is pleased to announce the 2020 Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award program winners. The initiative aims to shine a spotlight on the growing need for local engagement in critical civic roles. The first runner up is Brian Shoemaker, fire captain with the Gilt Edge (TN) Volunteer Fire Department. Shoemaker will receive a $7,500 cash award for his community.

One hundred civic volunteer award winners were announced through the program, including several firefighters and emergency services providers. All honorees will receive a new CivicCMS web site built by CivicPlus at no cost. The sites will include a volunteer subsite to aid in future recruitment efforts.

“We need difference-makers in our communities now more than ever. It is an honor to support and recognize this year’s winning organizations and volunteers and their relentless commitment to civic philanthropy and activism,” said Brian Rempe, CivicPlus chief executive officer. “CivicPlus is committed to giving back to our local civic organizations. All of this year’s winners inspire us to continue innovating technology to help them achieve their goals. We cannot wait to see how this year’s winners leverage their prizes to further their efforts.”

The Barton Russell Group administered the program and judging process for the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award. The award is co-sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council, National Association of Counties, National Association of Towns and Townships, Points of Light, and Main Street America. NVFC chair Steve Hirsch served on the advisory committee and was among the representatives who attended the virtual award ceremony honoring the top three winners, including Shoemaker.

“We congratulate all of the outstanding volunteers who received recognition through the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award and thank you for your work to make your communities a better place,” said Hirsch. “I am especially proud to see Captain Shoemaker honored as a top three recipient as well as other fire service volunteers in the top 100. Volunteer fire departments are the backbone of small towns across our nation, and this recognition both honors their service and provides a positive example to those thinking about becoming a volunteer as to what they can achieve.”

View the full list of winners as well as the video recording of the virtual award ceremony at

About CivicPlus
CivicPlus provides integrated technology solutions for over 4,000 local governments and their over 250 million citizens. Its solutions enable municipalities of all sizes to rapidly and efficiently migrate traditional citizen services online to meet the new online imperative of local government. The CivicPlus Platform of software includes web site content management, agenda and meeting management, parks and recreation management, citizen request and work order management, employee management, routine and mass notification software, and low-code development software. For more information, visit

About the Barton Russell Group
The Barton Russell Group is the nation’s leading small town and rural America consultancy. BRG has built, launched, and managed major branding and community and government relations projects, programs, and services for Fortune 500 companies and others seeking to do good while doing well. BRG was founded by Bart Russell, a nationally recognized expert on “everything small town” (its 32,000 communities and 120 million people). One former U.S. President called him “the voice of small-town America.”