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CAAP 2014 Distinguished Service Awards

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania


Award Descriptions and Nominating Criteria

CAAP takes great pride in the achievements of all of our member agencies, their staff, volunteers, community partners and leaders.  As an association committed to empowering Community Action Agencies to solve the problems of their local communities and address the needs of low-income Pennsylvanians, all contributions that enhance the quality of that effort are treasured.  Some individuals, however, go above and beyond the call of duty in their daily work, touching lives in special ways, making the road just a little easier for the rest of us and encouraging all of us to even greater accomplishments.

The CAAP Distinguished Service Awards Program began in 2012 with the establishment of the Sargent Shriver Community Service Award.  This year, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, CAAP is expanding the Distinguished Service Awards to include a number of individual and agency based awards.

CAAP members are encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations that enhance the lives of individuals and local communities through their involvement, innovation, leadership or advocacy, as well as personal and organizational generosity. The goal of the CAAP Distinguished Service Awards Program is to honor persons and organizations for outstanding performance.

Eight awards will be offered – see Award Descriptions and Nominating Criteria for full details on each award:

  • Sargent Shriver Community Service Award
  • Leader of the Year
  • Board Member of the Year
  • Outstanding Advocacy in the Field of Anti-Poverty/Community Development
  • Staff Member of the Year
  • Innovative Program of the Year
  • Professional Advancement Award
  • Public Official of the Year

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