Small Town Civic “Heroes” To Be Recognized, Honored

100 of the nation’s small town public service volunteers will again be recognized and honored for their service through the second annual Small Town America Civic Volunteer Awards (STACVA). The nationwide program opens for nominations on July 15. This year, STACVA will recognize extraordinary contributions by public service and public safety volunteers, including firefighters and EMS providers, in small towns and counties with populations of 25,000 or less.

In addition to recognizing these hometown heroes, STACVA is designed to spotlight the need for more people to step up and serve critical local government roles, such as county boards and city councils, volunteer firefighters and EMTs, and the many advisory committees that support other key local government functions.

STAVCA is sponsored by CivicPlus®, the nation’s leading provider of technology solutions that enable local governments to optimize the experience they deliver when interacting with citizens. The program is co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Association of Towns and Townships, Main Street America, and Points of Light. Representatives of these organizations serve on the STACVA Advisory Team. The Barton Russell Group, the nation’s leading small town and rural America consultancy, has again been retained to administer and judge the 2021 program.

Municipalities and counties represented by the top 100 nominees will receive a free volunteer management module that can be integrated with their web site to help engage, recruit, track, and retain community volunteers. They will also receive 12 months of free support services for the module from CivicPlus. Localities represented by the top three national STACVA winners will also receive cash awards of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively.

“Every day, we see the vital role these civic volunteers play in their communities,” said Brian Rempe, CivicPlus chief executive officer. “We not only want to recognize them but also want to encourage others to step up and support their municipalities by volunteering to fill these important public service positions.”

Local government representatives may nominate citizens or citizen organizations for the Small Town America Civic Volunteer Awards starting on July 15 using an online application that can be found on the program’s web site at Nominators are asked to describe their candidate’s compelling story of local volunteerism and its positive impact on their community. Nominations must be received no later than October 15. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in November.

About CivicPlus
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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.” One former U.S. President called him “the voice of small town America.”