Nominations Open for Good Neighbor Awards

Back by popular demand, the awards recognize volunteers who make a difference in their community

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Submit your nomination here. 

The Good Neighbor Awards are back!—along with their festive award night, the Neighbor to Neighbor Dinner. 

The awards honor individuals and organizations who are making “outstanding efforts to help improve the community.” Anyone can nominate anyone else.

“Members of the community ask us about the Good Neighbor Awards on a regular basis,” said Goddard Riverside Executive Director Rod Jones. “We’re pleased to restart them and we encourage people to apply.” 

The awards were launched in 2001 and continued annually until a few years ago. Past winners include Namely Holguin, a high school student who coordinated blood drives; Evelyn Trowell, for her devotion to her neighbors in her building and parishioners at the Central Baptist Church; and DOROT’s Friendly Visiting Program—to name just a few.  

“For me it was always one of the best times of the year because it connected us to each other and the community,” said LaKisha Williams of #DegreesNYC, who used to organize the awards and is helping bring them back. “It definitely strengthened the relationship between Goddard and the community.” 

Nominations are due by May 31, 2022. A committee of past recipients will meet to choose the winners in June and they will be announced at a celebratory event in July. While the awards event has been a sit-down dinner in the past, this year, in a nod to the ongoing pandemic, it will be an outdoor event—”more like a reception,” said Williams. 

Know someone who deserves recognition for their role in the community? Submit your nomination here

Goddard Riverside is grateful to the Holiday Meals Committee, which organized the Good Neighbor Awards for years.