Hilliard's Recreation and Parks Department is bringing back a "make your own rain barrel workshop" because of a flood of demand.
Community Shares of Mid Ohio held the third annual Strengthening Community award ceremony last week at COSI.
The ceremony recognized individuals and organizations in Central Ohio that have made a contribution to building a stronger community.
"Central Ohio has so many generous donors and volunteers who are helping others and working to make lives better," Community Shares of Mid Ohio executive director Melissa Magers was quoted as saying in the awards announcement. "The work and dedication of these award winners is inspiring. We are delighted to recognize those who have contributed so much to strong, healthy communities."
The 2010 Employer of the Year Award was given to Franklin County for efforts in promoting a workplace charity campaign to employees. Despite the economic climate, increasing donations to local nonprofits by raising $365, 327 for charities, the announcement stated.
The award recognizes a central Ohio employer participating in a workplace giving campaign that includes Community Shares and has distinguished itself by encouraging giving and informing its employees about giving at work.
The Sonya Mawhorter Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Carol Goland, executive director of the Clintonville-based Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. Goland was recognized for her effort to secure participation of Community Shares of Mid Ohio in the Denison University annual workplace giving campaign as well her leadership as a committee chair and Community Shares board member. The award recognizes a central Ohio resident who has actively contributed to Community Shares in a significant and positive way through a member agency or employer campaign.
The Volunteer Award is named for Sonya Mawhorter, a Community Shares board member representing the Ohio League for the Mentally Retarded. She died in 2008.
The Public Servant of the Year Award was given to Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks. She was recognized for her service as chairwoman of the 2009 Franklin County Combined Charitable campaign and for her involvement in the community. The award recognizes a public official in central Ohio who has encouraged giving through paycheck contributions and informing other public employees about workplace giving.
The Social Justice Reporting of the Year Award was given to Outlook Media for promoting the issues and causes that achieve social justice as well as having features promoting several member organizations. The award recognizes media coverage in Central Ohio about social justice issues.
The Member of the Year Award was given to Mercy for Animals for educational efforts about animal cruelty at factory farms, leading to the award-winning documentary "Fowl Play," and for providing information on vegan lifestyles. Mercy for Animals generated national press coverage for their undercover investigation of an Ohio dairy farm and resulting animal abuse charges.
The award recognizes the Community Shares member organization that has made the most notable and significant contributions to building a stronger local community.
The Donor of the Year Award was given to Leslie Fine, a professor at Ohio State University. She was recognized for her service to member organizations and the facilitation of connections to strengthen nonprofits through the Fisher College of Business.
The award recognizes an individual who donates through Community Shares and has distinguished himself or herself in his or her support of Community Shares or a member agency, including volunteering, providing additional donations, securing grants, giving presentations or other support beyond the expectations of a donor.
Nominees were submitted by board members of Community Shares of Mid Ohio. A volunteer committee of board members selected the winners from the submitted nominees.
Community Shares of Mid Ohio, with offices on North High Street in Clintonville, assists local area nonprofits in new options to receive donations. Through workplace fundraising drives done in public and private sector workplaces, employees are given the opportunity to donate directly to the nonprofit agencies they care about most through payroll contributions.