In the interest of recognizing members of the community who are outstanding humanitarians we are setting out a set of guidelines for eligibility.
Who: Any member of the Holliston community (lives or works, or focuses their humanitarian efforts in Holliston) who shows an interest in the health and well-being of other members of their community. The current plan is to provide two awards annually.
The candidates shall:
- Not be members of a Lions Club
- Not be a current paid employee of the Town of Holliston
- Not be a previous winner of this award
Defining Humanitarian Efforts
Humanitarian efforts come in all shapes and sizes. A humanitarian does not necesarily focus their efforts on one aspect of the community, but instead, addresses needs in whatever form they find including but not limited to:
- Cares for or addresses needs of friends, neighbors, and family members when there is a need:
- Someone who shows kindness for someone: such as a caregiver
- Someone who demonstrates consideration towards others
- Someone who gives rides to the elderly, or those who need a ride –
- Someone who assists the elderly or disabled
- Helps pay for and/or donates items and/or meals or shelter for those in need (e.g. homeless shelter, veterans needs, etc.)
- Visits those confined to hospitals or nursing homes
- Donates funds, goods, or services to other local organizations which reach out to the community
- Provides food, clothing, or other services and supplies to families who are facing unprecedented issues. Fires, family illesses, etc.
- Participates in providing needs of local food pantry
- Donates items or services to local animal shelters
- Works when available to assist local organizations with fundraising events, service projects, etc.
Any member of the Lions Club who wishes to submit a nominee shall provide name(s) along with a narrative explaining why this person is a good candidate for the Humanitarian Award. Nominations shall open on July 1 annually and be open until November 1. Lions may submit more than one candidate.
2022 – 2023 Robert “Bobby” Blair Kevin and Joanne O’Connell