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Community Builder Award

At the ANCOR Foundation, we measure the soul of the community by its inclusivity. We measure it by the attitudes and actions of every community member toward people with disabilities—from providers to businesses to the organizations and individuals who work together to expand opportunity for all people.

We also measure the soul of the community by examples of bold leadership. That's why the ANCOR Foundation created the Community Builder Award (CBA).

The Foundation bestows this award in recognition to those individuals, communities or organizations that have had the courage to make inclusivity their mission—that is, those who have worked tirelessly so that people with disabilities may participate as contributing, valued members of their communities.

Winners of the Community Builder Award must represent initiatives that are rooted in evidence-based practices and have stood the test of time.

The Foundation awards this prize in recognition to those individuals, communities or organizations who have had the courage to make inclusivity their mission; that is, those who have worked tirelessly so that people with disabilities may participate as contributing, valued members of their communities.

Overview

The ANCOR Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2014 Community Builder Award. The CBA recognizes exemplary and praiseworthy initiatives of individuals and communities and/or community organizations that create community inclusivity through opportunities for people with disabilities to build social capital and live full, meaningful lives in their community, as contributing and valued members of their community.

The ANCOR Foundation Community Builder Award, a distinguished award with the highest level of professional acknowledgement, seeks to showcase outstanding achievements in three key areas:

  1. Best Practices: Award recipients must offer an approach to community inclusivity that can serve as a model for others.

  2. Community Focus: Priority is given to those who provide invisible support for their efforts, i.e., the community is considered front and center in fostering inclusivity.

  3. Partnerships: Individuals and organizations that partner with employers, educational institutions, volunteers or other organizations highlight the understanding that a vital, interconnected community benefits all citizens.

The Community Builder Awards are sponsored by the ANCOR Foundation, the nonprofit, charitable arm of ANCOR—the largest professional provider association serving the direct support industry. The ANCOR Foundation's mission is to build the commitment and capacity of providers and communities to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Categories

These awards are presented in two categories:

  1. Service Provider: Service providers are individuals or provider organizations that receive compensation for providing support directly to people with disabilities.

  2. Community: The community award category honors any individual, group or organization that does not provide service directly to people with disabilities. Examples are cities and towns, states, civic or religious organizations, park and recreation programs, or businesses or business groups—in addition to individuals and groups. These nominees have maintained a sustained effort to include and value people with disabilities in their communities.

Nomination

Deadline is March 3, 2014.

Previous Recipients of the Community Builder Award

2013

Kiwanis International’s Aktion Clubs

2012

Hope House Foundation Community Support Program, Norfolk, VA

2011

Pathway at UCLA Extension, University of California, Los Angeles

Andrea Schaefer of Barefoot Dance Studio in Rapid City, SD

2009

The Pieters Family Life Center

City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Program

2008

KFI, Inc., of Maine State Senator Cynthia Nava (D-NM)

Honorable mentions:

Community Access Unlimited (NJ)

St. Louis ARC (MO)

TecAccess (VA)

2007

Options Day Service Program, part of Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc.

Region Ten Quality Assurance Commission

2006

Dakota Communities

The Town of Littleton

2005

Zuni Entrepreneurial Enterprises, Inc.

Wilderness Inquiry

2004

The Norcom Community Center