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Newton Fund to honor citizen

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

COVINGTON -- If you know someone who's a selfless giver and is making a difference in the community, the Newton Fund is offering a chance to help that person shine.

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund. Local nonprofits, organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit nominations, which should name volunteers who have made a measurable difference in the county through selfless endeavors.

"This award was created to recognize and honor a local community volunteer who gives back through notable service and time to Newton County," said Newton Fund Chair Barbara Morgan in a printed press release. "The Newton Fund understands the importance of civic engagement and how it shapes our community. When residents give of their time, talent and resources, critical needs are met and communities are improved."

The winner will receive a $2,000 grant to be designated to a charity of choice and will be recognized at a February reception. The Newton Fund will award grants totaling more than $26,000 to local nonprofit organizations at the reception.

To obtain a nomination form, call Morgan at 770-385-8811 or e-mail newtonfund@cfgreateratlanta.org. Forms can also be downloaded at www.cfgreateratlanta.org, by clicking on the link to the Newton Fund page. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Jan. 14.

This is the third year the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award has been given. Past recipients are Lee Aldridge, a volunteer with a variety of local nonprofits, and Ed Jenkins, founder of Willing Helpers medical ministry at Solid Rock Baptist Church.

A local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Newton Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations making an impact in their community. It is in its 11th year of operation. Since its inception, the Newton Fund has granted more than $257,000 to local nonprofits.