One of my favorite things about Oakland is how full it is of awesome people trying to make it a better place.
This city has so many challenges that it would be totally understandable for its residents to write off fixing it as hopeless. Trying to make a difference, especially when working with City government, can be tremendously frustrating, and sometimes seem futile. So I’m constantly amazed at all the people who persist, year after year, in their efforts to improve things.
The immense satisfaction that comes from doing something meaningful is, of course, its own reward. Still, Oakland’s hordes of do-gooder volunteers often labor with little or no formal recognition.
So if you know someone who does great work in Oakland, here’s an opportunity to get them some much-deserved thanks for their efforts. Every year at their annual luncheon, the League of Women Voters Oakland honors hard working community leaders with the Making Democracy Work award. Here’s more information about the awards from the League:
Each year, the League of Women Voters of Oakland celebrates community leaders — individuals and organizations that have envisioned a way to improve Oakland and have mobilized others to work with them to effect a change that has benefited the broader community. These awards will honor two such individuals and/or organizations that have, in the League tradition, worked to make Oakland strong, vibrant, and equitable. 2010 award winners were Barbara Newcombe, co-author of Paper Trails: A Guide to Public Records in California and Oakland Neighborhood Law Corps. The “Making Democracy Work” awards are conferred at the annual All City Luncheon scheduled for April 27th 2011 at Scott’s Pavilion at Jack London Square.
Nominations are open to any Oakland resident or organization that is contributing or has contributed to our community in a significant and meaningful way. If you would like to nominate an individual or organization for an award, please go to www.lwvoakland.org to download a nomination form. Nominations are due by January 18.
If you want to nominate someone for this year’s award, just download this form (PDF), and fill it out. You’ll provide a brief statement indicating why you think this person or organization deserves recognition and send it back to the League by Tuesday, January 18th. The award committee will review all the nominations before selecting this year’s winners, and the recipients will be honored at the League’s annual luncheon on April 27th.