Neighborhood Unsung Hero Award

About the Award
This award recognizes the volunteer contributions made by an individual who has given outstanding service to his or her neighborhood. The unsung neighborhood hero should reside within the neighborhood organization boundaries but may or may not be an active member in the organization. This individual is one who repeatedly volunteers to actively improve and/or positively affect the lives and living conditions of individuals in their neighborhood. We are looking for an unsung neighborhood hero who can be counted on to voluntarily address one or more specific neighborhood concerns, and/or has proactively demonstrated initiative to address neighborhood issues by creating their own volunteer activities to address these issues.
  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. How to Nominate
  3. Support Documentation for Nominee
  4. Submission Deadline
  5. Judging Criteria

Eligibility Requirements

Any resident-led, resident-controlled city neighborhood organization recognized by the RNA and Office of Neighborhood Services is eligible to apply or be nominated for these awards. This includes neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, neighborhood watch groups and tenant associations. 

  • Nominators may nominate themselves, individuals residing in their neighborhood, individuals residing in a  neighborhood different from their own for their efforts to improve the quality of living in Roanoke.
  • The project or activity must have been carried out during the current fiscal year (June 30, 2019– July 1, 2020) or current calendar year.
  • A Nomination Form must be completed and submitted by the new deadline of January 31, 2021. 
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted by any one individual or group.Activities or contributions for which the person is nominated must not be performed as an element of paid employment. 
  • Contributions to the neighborhood may have occurred over the course of many years but the judges will give special consideration to recent activities.
  • Nominations may include yourself, a family, family member, friend, or neighbor who makes noteworthy contributions to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. 
  • The nominee may also be an individual from a neighborhood different than where the nominator resides.