About the Awards
The Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Awards are co-sponsored by the DHS Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, the Arkansas Municipal League, and the Office of the Governor. These awards are designed to offer thanks and a reward to the communities as a whole (rather than as individuals within the communities) for their volunteer effort in serving their neighbors.
Benton, Bentonville, Blytheville, Clarksville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Maumelle, Mountain Home, Norfork, Van Buren and Warren
Nominations are solicited each summer, with a nomination period extending through early fall. Communities submit nominations describing their local volunteer activities and these nominations are reviewed by a panel of citizens representing a cross section of the state.
Communities that are chosen each year receive signs on two of the town's borders designating the city as a Volunteer Community of the Year for that year. These signs are donated to each city each year by the Arkansas Highway Commission. In addition, the cities, and their volunteer programs are the subject of a feature article in magazine, which is published by the Arkansas Municipal League. Many local newspapers, television and radio stations, and other media, pick up on the news as well, and the communities do receive a lot of recognition and publicity for their work.
Frequently Asked Questions
My city won an award several years ago. Can we apply again?
Yes, there are no restrictions on the number of times a city can be honored.
Where can I get a nomination form?
Forms are available for download below during the nomination period (July to September each year). Nomination forms can also be mailed or emailed to the requestor.
Can I fax my nomination in?
Yes, but the fax copy must be followed by the original in the mail. Please indicate that you are mailing the original when you fax your nomination. Remember, the original must be in the office by the deadline in order to be eligible to be judged.
How are the honorees chosen?
A selection committee, made up of individuals from around the state who are active in volunteerism, reviews and ranks each nomination. The top 12 cities each year are honored.
When is the awards ceremony?
The cities are awarded each year at the Winter Conference of the Arkansas Municipal League (ARML). You may access ARML’s website
for exact dates of the winter conference.
If you have any questions or difficulty in downloading the nomination form, call or email DeKitra Ross-Larry: 501-682-7540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.