Thursday, May 19, 2011

2011 Citizens Medal

Since 1969, the President of the United States has awarded the Citizens Medal – the second highest civilian honor in our nation – to outstanding Americans who have "performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens." Last year, President Obama started a new tradition by asking the American people to nominate individuals in their communities who are making a difference in the lives of others. Then, employees within the Executive Office of the President evaluated more than 6,000 inspiring nominations and helped create a shortlist of the most compelling stories for consideration by the President and his senior team.

On Monday, May 16, President Obama announced that he is seeking public nominations once again, and your participation is requested.

The 2011 Citizens Medal will recognize U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs, including individuals:
  • Who have a demonstrated commitment to service in their own community or in communities farther from home
  • Who have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary acts
  • Whose service relates to a long-term or persistent problem
  • Whose service has had a sustained impact on others' lives and provided inspiration for others to serve
The criteria listed above sounds like many of the individuals we hear about from our DFC coalitions. You can learn more about the Citizens Medal here.

If you know of someone in your community that has shown exemplary service to their fellow citizens and meets the criteria for consideration, we encourage you to read more about the Citizens Medal and submit an application by the due date, May 30, 2011. All of the details are available at the above link.