2021 Spirit of Community Award: Nominations are now open

Arlington Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2021 William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award.

Nominations are open to those who have served Arlington in an extraordinary way during these extraordinary times, those who have served Arlington over a lifetime, and those who have done both. Nominations are due by Friday, July 2.

The 28th annual Spirit of Community Award, named in honor of the Foundation’s Founder and President Emeritus, the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., recognizes an individual, organization, group, or corporation that has demonstrated a tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Arlington.

In 2020, the award recognized Arlington’s human service workers who have continued to serve on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These frontline workers joined a roster of exemplary honorees including Dr. Alfred Taylor, Jr. (2019), Emma Violand-Sanchez (2018), John G. Milliken (2017), and many others who have made Arlington a more vibrant and equitable community for all.

The recipient will be awarded and honored at the 2021 Spirit of Community Virtual Event this fall: a unique annual celebration that brings together hundreds of Arlington’s foremost civic, philanthropic, and business leaders for a look at what’s impacting our community and what’s being done to ensure all Arlingtonians can truly thrive.

Registration for the event will open in the summer. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to receive all the latest event and registration updates.

If you are interested in nominating an individual, nonprofit organization, group, or corporation, please submit a nomination form by July 2.

If you have any questions, please call 703-243-4785 or email info@arlcf.org.

Dr. Alfred Taylor, Jr. receiving the award at the Spirit of Community event in 2019.

About Arlington Community Foundation

Established in 1991, Arlington Community Foundation is an independent charitable organization that actively promotes, protects, and improves the quality of life for those who live or work in Arlington. As a grantmaker, convener, and leader of programmatic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. The Foundation has a 20-member Board of Trustees composed of dedicated civic and business leaders from throughout the community.


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