Everyone knows someone who is actively volunteering to improve their community. There is no one definition of what makes a Hero, but most tend to be unsung Heroes who are quietly doing amazing work for the improvement of their communities and neighbors.
Community Heroes can only be selected after being nominated by someone like you, so we encourage you to nominate an individual in your community who you feel is deserving. We know your Hero has a great story, and we can’t wait to read it.
The public is invited to nominate their hero. Categories for nominations include:
- Emergency responder
- School or after-school volunteer
- Volunteer working with seniors
- Good samaritan
Nomination forms and award details can be found here. Forms can also be found in Citadel branches along with a ballot box. Nominations for either Delaware or Chester County heroes runs through April 15 and Montgomery County heroes are being accepted through May 15.
“There are so many heroes in our communities that respond to the call to action by helping others in need,” RSVP Executive Director Michele Moll said. “Heroic actions can be small acts that truly helps someone who really needs that hand up.”
For the past two years, RSVP and Citadel has honored individuals who have made remarkable contributions to their communities by their selfless acts of kindness to others, often total strangers. These Community Heroes are nominated by the public to be recognized and receive a Community Hero Award sponsored by Citadel, RSVP’s diamond level sponsor and partner, for encouraging volunteerism in their community. During RSVP’s upcoming volunteer recognition events, RSVP heroes (volunteers) are celebrated along with the winners of the Community Hero Award.
At RSVP, the region’s leading agency for adult volunteer programs and opportunities, volunteers are the everyday heroes committing acts of kindness. More than 1,200 volunteers take on roles to help other community members with literacy, mentoring, delivery of warm meals, free Medicare counseling, transportation to doctor appointments, virtual math tutoring, capacity building for nonprofit organizations, conducting tours at historic sites and so much more.
Each volunteer chooses the activity he or she feels passionate about, an activity that places them front and center in their communities, making connections and making a difference in the lives of more than 11,000 people last year alone. They offer themselves in service of humanity, helping others by doing good deeds and showing kindness, executing selfless heroic acts.
RSVP is a multi-service nonprofit that has been providing meaningful volunteer opportunities to community members for 45 years. As a result, RSVP is intensely aware of the needs within communities through strong partnerships with more than 200 nonprofits that consistently need support and expertise from volunteers, a need that is constantly growing.
Several years ago, RSVP began providing employee volunteer opportunities for corporations like Citadel that have a keen interest in connecting with the communities where their employees live and work through socially responsible volunteer projects.
Corporate projects might include gift wrapping picture books for disadvantaged preschool children, decorating tote bags to send home with preschoolers, making no-sew fleece scarves for low-income seniors, the homeless or soft blankets for newborns, a pen-pal project that pairs corporate employees with third grade students, helping to bridge the generations and forge new friendships.
RSVP has created an innovative virtual tutoring program to support high school students and veterans hoping to return to college or improve their employment opportunities. The program includes a STEM component that utilizes the skills of corporate employees to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math or the arts.
To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities, to volunteer or to nominate your Hero, visit here or call (610) 834-1040, ext 123.