2016 Community Service Award
Period of Consideration
October 1st through September 30th

The Community Service Award has been established by the Community Service Committee of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® to recognize the ongoing efforts of individual REALTORS® who are making exceptional contributions to improve the quality of life in their community. Among the activities that qualify for consideration are involvement in improving the quality of education in an area, supporting initiatives aimed at a community's youth, and work on any other community-based program(s).
One winner will be selected, and will receive a $1,000 grant in their name to their selected community project. The winner will be announced and awarded at the Atlanta Commercial Board Annual Business Meeting held each year in December. This award was created to reward our local REALTORS® for contributing to their communities, something so many of them do without any recognition.

About the Contest
Winner receives:

• A $1,000 grant in the name of their selected charity.

• Coverage in the Atlanta Commercial Board e-mail update, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Commercial Board website, www.atlcbr.com.

• A beautiful hand lettered scroll, which will indicate the name and the description of the award and will be presented at the Annual Business meeting held each year in December.

Eligibility Criteria
1. Nominees must be members of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® and in good standing.

2. Nominees should have contributed to a program that improves the quality of life in a local community. Those activities aren't limited to real estate or housing issues, and may include such things as crime prevention, youth mentoring, and homelessness prevention.

3. Nominees should have made a significant contribution of personal time, but contributions of money, materials, or other resources will be considered by the judges as well.

4. Nominees will be judged on level of personal contribution, impact of personal contribution, broadness of impact, and the suitability as a role model for other REALTORS®.

5. The award is intended to recognize individual contributions, not association or company-wide efforts. However, if an individual within your company can be singled out as instrumental to the success of a group effort, he or she is eligible. If the achievements of two people (such as a married couple or co-founders of an organization) absolutely cannot be separated, they can be nominated as a pair and their nomination will be considered as one.

6. Some portion of the nominee's community work must have taken place between October of the previous year and September of the current year, but judges will also consider ongoing efforts outside that time frame that demonstrate a depth of commitment.

7. Nominees should be able to document the results of their individual involvement though published reports and/or testimonials from the organization they served or the people they helped.

8. Nominations must be completed online to be considered (REALTORS® may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another ACBR member, a state or local association, or the community organization they served). You may send any supporting documentation to Amy Geddes, Board Services Coordinator, at amy@atlcbr.com.

Community Service Award Program Rules
To enter, complete the nomination form online and any send any supporting documentation to Amy Geddes, Board Services Coordinator, at amy@atlcbr.com.

Entries must be received by October 26th, 5:00 pm. All entries shall become the property of ACBR and will not be returned.

Nominees' entry information will not be given to anyone outside of the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® and the judges; judges will receive only the information necessary to evaluate the candidate.

A $1,000 grant will be awarded to the community organization named on the entry form by the winner. Grants can be divided among more than one organization only if the winner has documented those organizations on the entry form.

The staff at the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® and Awards Committee members will not take phone calls or release any information regarding the judging process, or status of the entries.

Once a winner has been selected, they will be notified by telephone and mail.

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