To receive an award, the organization must have demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. Nomination included evidence of:
- direct financial contribution/support to the community
- support of projects or programs beyond the community, if applicable
- impact of financial contribution on projects in the community
- specific achievements, such as new programs launched through its efforts
Community professionals nominated Advocates for its thirty-one years of service in the community. During that timeframe, Advocates helped victims of domestic violence, sex assault and trauma; provided outreach and education to the school district and community; made available a residential component to victims; and offered legal advocacy. More specifically, the Summit Foundation highlighted the Peacemaker Program, which provides educational modules to local elementary school students that include bullying prevention, cultural proficiency and character building exercises. Advocates was also commended for providing education, training and technical assistance around dating violence and sexual assault/harassment.
The Summit Foundation applauded Advocates for its ability to respond to the most current needs of the school district and react with programs designed to target certain behaviors or issues demonstrated by children. A quote by one of the nominees explained that, “All of this occurs in the midst of caring and competent response to trauma in our community. Despite late night calls to support victims of violent crimes or accidental death, our local advocates show up to school with smiles on their faces ready to teach our children healthy coping mechanisms.”
Under the direction of Amy Jackson, the Advocates staff is proud to accept this award and to promote non violence throughout our community.