Do you have anyone you would like to see recognized for their outstanding service to the Newburyport Community? Mayor Sean Reardon is happy to announce that we are accepting nominations for the second annual Public and Community Service Awards in order to recognize some of the city's most dedicated, selfless and generous residents and public servants. The awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the State of the City address on February 28th.
The City held the first awards program in 2023, and plans for the awards to take place annually at the State of the City address. The first year of the awards saw many deserving nominees and winners, and the City looks forward to honoring more community members this year.
This year, there will once again be four award categories:
Public Service Award: Intended to honor a city employee, board/commission member or elected official who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to serving the citizens of Newburyport. The award seeks to honor an individual who has gone above and beyond, made a profound difference in improving public services, fostered a more democratic society and served as a champion for equity.
Individual Community Service Award: All Newburyport residents are eligible. This award is given to an individual whose volunteer efforts have touched the lives of others and brightened the city. The award seeks to recognize individuals for the longevity of their work, the impact it has had on the city, and the additional giving it has inspired in others. This award could go to those who have worked on issues of housing and food insecurity; those who have served as mentors, coaches, or leaders for youth sports or activities; those who have organized important volunteer initiatives; and much more.
Business Service Award: Recognizing local businesses that have supported community events, groups or activities. Newburyport is extremely fortunate to have a number of engaged and supportive businesses, and this gives the city a chance to honor their generosity and commitment.
Youth Community Service Award: Intended to recognize the positive contributions of a young (under 18) member of the community who has altruistically pursued efforts to improve the world.
Mayor Reardon is actively seeking nominations from residents, city employees, and any other Newburyport community members for those who best fit the values of the awards. The recipients will be chosen by a selection committee formed by the Mayor's Office.
To nominate an individual, business, or youth community service award candidate, please submit this application form no later than February 13th at 5 p.m.