The Alliance of Southwest Missouri and Carthage Caring Communities are seeking nominations for four youth awards to be handed out in at a ceremony in May.


The Alliance of Southwest Missouri and Carthage Caring Communities are seeking nominations for four youth awards to be handed out in at a ceremony in May.

Nominations for these awards are due at the Alliance of Southwest Missouri Carthage office, 616 W. Centennial Ave., by April 30.

The awards will be presented at the Youth Service Appreciation Ceremony to be held on May 17 at the Grace Pointe Assembly of God Church.

The Alliance is seeking nominations for the following awards:

• The Leadership Award represents an individual who has unified and mobilized others for a common cause. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates strong leadership characteristics in many areas of his/her life. Leadership of this individual should be demonstrated by actual performance rather than merely being the most liked or “popular.”

• The MVA (Most Valuable Assistant) Award is presented to a volunteer who serves in a supportive role. This award is given to an individual who is not only a helper, but also an individual who cares about the service to others and is willing to go the extra mile even when he/she does not receive recognition for such an action. This individual demonstrates a spirit of excellence in all tasks assigned. This individual shows enthusiasm and is dedicated to service. This individual is not self-seeking but rather group or cause seeking. 

• The Musketeer Award represents the Spirit of Volunteerism. This award is given in honor of an outstanding volunteer who prefers to remain anonymous. The volunteer who inspired the Musketeer Award has volunteered for countless of organizations, agencies, and churches. She has helped medical clinics, hospitals, dentists, and law enforcement, schools, and head start. Her volunteer efforts include cooking, cleaning, teaching, translating, nurturing others, organizing events, serving on committees, just to name a few. She maintains a positive attitude as she serves others. Her commitment is selfless as she continues to serve a community who will forever be changed by her compassion, dedication, and inner strength. Although this award is based on the life of a female volunteer, the recipient of this award may be either male or female.

• The Get-R-Done Award is presented to a volunteer with a tenacious attitude and work ethic. This award is given to an individual who shows determination when others might be tempted to give up on the project. This person shows great initiative and can be described as the one who possesses a driving force to get the job done. This volunteer is not necessarily the leader. This person has the character trait of perseverance. Every great team benefits from this person pressing forward for the sake of the cause.

For more details, people may call the Alliance office at 358-3270.