Nomination Process

Honor an individual who brings awareness to your cause!

Advocates speak out to generate support for their ideals, who is advocating for your organization?

The Award:

The Emily Couric Community Advocacy Award consists of an honorarium to the nominating organization. The individual being recognized will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement and $1000 for their organization.

Award Criteria:

All nominating organizations submitting applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Be designated a non-profit agency by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Serve within the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (including the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson, and the City of Charlottesville).

The individual being nominated for the award must meet the following criteria:

  • Must not be a paid staff member of the nominating organization.
  • Has some affiliation (either past or current) to the nominating organization (payment of dues is not required).
  • Has made a significant impact on the local community by furthering the mission of the nominating organization and/or the improving the community at large.

Advocacy is promoting visibility of an idea or cause in the community in order to generate volunteer or monetary support.

Some of us will immediately associate advocacy with political action while others associate advocacy with outstanding community service. It is well known that Senator Couric practiced community advocacy though her political actions, but many do not realize she was a strong advocate for community issues long before her political career was born. Examples of community advocacy may be helpful when considering an individual for nomination. Past award winners are outlined at the bottom of this page.

Click here to apply for the Emily Couric Community Advocacy Award.

The selection committee may request additional information from applicants as needed.

Only one application per organization will be accepted.

League contact:

Community Vice President

Actions of a Community Advocate Example
Nominee has educated or raised community awareness about an issue Mr. Steven Rosenfield (2004/5) – “His advocacy is not limited to VADP and the individuals on death row. Following Ronnie Mahanes’ freezing to death on the streets of Charlottesville, he was a prime mover in the establishment of the M.O. Mohr House for individuals suffering from addition,” written by Jack Payden-Travers, VADP.
Nominee has organized an event having a positive impact on the community at large Dr. Peyton Weary (2003) – “This past March, Peyton organized a well-attended forum at the Miller Center for Public Policy addressing the uninsured and potential policy solutions. His dedication is in no small part responsible for the project’s success to date…,” written by Jon Nafziger, United Way.
Nominee has fundraised for a community organization Ms. Bruce Murray (2005/6) – “Bruce approached (a local music manager) about helping the CFC host a benefit concert. It was immensely successful and established an ongoing partnership with Red Light Management which has led to three successive benefit concerts,” written by Ray Mishler, Charlottesville Free Clinic.
Nominee has championed ideas directly contributing to the success of a community organization Dr. Peyton Weary (2003) – “He created and perfected an innovative advocacy method of educating legislators about medical and academic realities and needs. Dr. Weary was the originator of the Uva Medical School’s “Internships” for state and national government officials…They see first hand the challenges and problems faced by an academic medical center and invariably come away with a greater and more supportive understanding of how this institution works,” written by Claudette Dalton, M.D., UVa.
Nominee has lobbied for positive community change Mr. Steven Rosenfield (2004/5) – “From civil rights to voting rights, from civil disobedients to federal employees, Steve is there to champion the rights of the disenfranchised,” by Mitch Van Yahres, former State Delegate.
Nominee has recruited others to the cause Mr. Edward Jones (2002) – “It is important to realize that while he has devoted countless hours of time to working for older citizens, he has found time to serve others as well…Ed has been an outstanding leader in the community because of his innate ability to guide others and bring out the best in people,” by Francis Fife, former Charlottesville mayor.