The spotlight is warming up to shine on local community champions who will be recognized for their volunteerism and love of the community at Hands on Birmingham’s IGNITE Citizens Volunteer Celebration, on April 10.
Hands on Birmingham IGNITE Awards 2019
The Goodness of Birmingham
Benga Harrison, Director of Hands on Birmingham described the upcoming IGNITE awards as,
“A day to celebrate and honor the goodness of Birmingham.”
Here are two examples.
Meet Past Winners
Charlotte Conaway, Adopt a School Program (Corporate Volunteer of the Year, 2017)
Charlotte Conaway was honored as Corporate Volunteer of the Year in 2017 for her work in the community and changing the lives of children in the Birmingham area.
Charlotte spearheaded the Adopt-a-School program at TekLinks (now C Spire), which allows colleagues to volunteer by tutoring children at Oxmoor Valley Elementary, and the company to donate valuable school supplies, books, and make major landscaping improvements to the school grounds.
“I’m very excited to have won this award for the Birmingham City schools. The work that we’re doing, we’re changing the lives of those children for the better.”
With hopes of more businesses adopting the model to sponsor other schools, describes corporate volunteering as a “simple and effective way for businesses to give back to the community” and says,
“The Adopt-a-School program is a win-win situation for schools and businesses in the community. We can contribute towards being a better place to live, and a better place to work”.
Amrita Lakhanpal, Screens for Schools (Student Volunteer of the Year, 2018)
Amrita Lakhanpal, a student at Altamont High School, was recognized as Student of the Year in 2018 for her Screens for Schools laptop initiative founded with the purpose of fulfilling the technology needs of Birmingham City Schools.
Amrita was honored for her program that secured $18,000 for 60 chromebooks at the EPIC School, new charging points and professional IT development for teachers.
The Screens for Schools initiative has gone from strength to strength since Amrita was honored last year, with two more schools being adopted by her laptop initiative; Central Park and Martha Gaskins elementary schools.
“My work does not stop there. Coding clubs have been established at these schools to teach the fourth and fifth graders all about the wonderful world of computer science.”
Screens for Schools has also sponsored two students to go to Camp Innovation sponsored by TechBirmingham and has implemented the Behavioral One after-school computer program for children on the Autism spectrum.
Honoring Birmingham’s volunteers
This celebratory event is open to the public and provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about the significant contributions that have been made by those who volunteer and make a difference in Birmingham’s communities.
IGNITE will honor citizens who “create social change through selfless actions without looking for acknowledgment in return”.
“While their actions go largely unrecognized, volunteers are truly the ‘heart of the community’. IGNITE was created to celebrate the grassroots level Volunteer, the Leaders Making a Difference in our community that can be seen everywhere.”
Among those recognized will include a presentation of the 16 finalists from the following eight categories:
Community Volunteer of the Year, Corporate/Company Volunteer of the Year, Faith Based Volunteer of the Year, Government Volunteer of the Year, Hands on Birmingham Volunteer of the Year, Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year, Small Business Volunteer of the Year, and Student Volunteer of the Year.
Attend the IGNITE AWARDS 2019
The IGNITE Awards Ceremony provides a great opportunity for volunteers throughout the Birmingham area to gather together, inspire others, and be recognized for their achievements.
Enjoy the event at the historic The Club Ballroom, which will include a delicious brunch of chicken & waffles (and a vegetarian option). Register for the event – HERE – and after you submit your email, purchase a ticket.
The event will start at 10:30 and end promptly at 12:30.