Giving Back Awards Voting

Hampton Roads Magazine is pleased to present the second annual Giving Back Awards, sponsored by Old Point National Bank, honoring Hampton Roads' outstanding non-profit organizations.

The "Giving Back Awards" aims to recognize the often unrecognized groups living among us who address the many needs of the community. The winners-as determined by reader votes-will be revealed at a special awards reception at the Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom and profiled in our November/December 2013 issue.

THE VOTING PERIOD HAS NOW BEGUN.

Please mark your calendar for the following dates to ensure that your non-profit of choice makes it to the final round:

August 13 (8:00 AM) - August 19 (3:00 PM) - First voting round - 50 non-profits advance to the next voting round.
August 20 (8:00 AM) - August 26 (3:00 PM) - Second voting round - 25 non-profits move onto the semi-final round.
August 27 (8:00 AM) - September 2 (3:00 PM) - Final voting round - 15 non-profits will be anounced at the awards reception and online.

One vote per e-mail address per voting period please, but do encourage your volunteers, friends and family to vote to show support for their favorite Hampton Roads non-profits.

Any questions or concerns? Contact Web Marketing and Promotions Manager, My Nguyen - my@hrmag.com.

View our profiles on last year's winners here.

Learn more about this year's nominees here.


Top 25:

AIDNOW
Cerebral Palsy of Virginia
Chesapeake Humane Society
Children's Harbor
Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Evelyn's Wildlife Refuge 
Foodbank of Southeastern VA
Forever Home Rehabilitation Center
Girl Scout Council Colonial Coast 
Goodwill Industries
Junior League of Norfolk-VB, Inc
Kidz 'N Grief
LCpl. Cody S. Childers Memorial Fund
Norfolk SPCA
Peninsula Pet Pantry
People in Need (PiN Ministry)
Rotary Club of Hampton Roads
Samaritan House
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
SEVA- GRREAT
The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula
The Junior League of Hampton Roads, Inc.
Virginia Arts Festival
Virginia Beach SPCA
We Promise Foundation


THE VOTING PERIOD HAS NOW CONCLUDED. Non-profits will be informed if they are a part of our Top 15 via formal invitation (to be sent end of September/early October) to the awards reception on October 24, where rankings and our Top 5 will be revealed. Those who did not "place" will be informed via e-mail in the coming weeks. Thanks for your participation and patience!

Reader Comments:
Aug 3, 2012 04:14 pm
 Posted by  CherylS...A NobleWomen2

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Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.

Please come visit a chapter meeting near you! http://www.thenoblemen.org/noblewomen

Aug 6, 2012 02:38 pm
 Posted by  klump

A great program to help bring the arts to the children of Park Place

Aug 12, 2012 11:18 am
 Posted by  Doc Em

Thank you!

Aug 27, 2012 05:21 pm
 Posted by  vplwv

The Virginia Peninsula League of Women Voters (MAL), a nonpartisan political organization of women and men, encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues in Hampton, Poquoson and Newport News. The Virginia Peninsula LWV issues voter guides and holds debates for area elections for local, state and federal level. A core function of this group is to register and educates new voters about the voting process and to inform the public on topics such as voter id requirements and non-partisan explanations of constitutional amendments on ballots. They also observe government meetings and speak up when issues arise they think are harmful to the general public, such as inappropriate behind closed door government meetings.

Aug 28, 2012 08:20 am
 Posted by  Noel

Peninsula Rescue Mission
Many groups work diligently to provide material help for the needy. There are also many whose work is to introduce people to God through faith In Christ. The Peninsula Rescue Mission is a ministry seeking to do both. The Mission operates completely independent from the government in order that they might maintain our Christian distinctives.

Not every family can afford to send their child(ren) to a nice summer camp. Begun in 1974, Camp Open Arms has been a free summer program for such children. Thousands have attended over the years, and hundreds have met the Savior in a life-changing way! Volunteers help staff the camp for two weeks each summer. The camp is held at Eastover Retreat Center in Surry County, on the James River. What a refreshing change of view for inner city youth!!

Since April, 1966, there has been an open door for the homeless on the Peninsula. The provision of a bed with fresh linens, a shower and clean clothes, a hot meal, and a gospel ministry are all made without any charge to the recipient. Thousands upon thousands of needy folks have found help and a warm welcome through their doors.

Aug 30, 2012 04:15 pm
 Posted by  EVAN

Eastern Virginia AIDS Network (EVAN) formerly known as TACT (Tidewater AIDS Community Taskforce) is a private non-profit corporation whose purpose is to support and maintain the best quality of life for individuals infected and affected by HIV, and to reduce the overall incidence of HIV infection by providing education, information, HIV prevention, and support services to the general public especially those living with HIV/AIDS.
In 1983 when EVAN opened it's doors to the community, the outlook was grim for people diagnosed HIV positive. Our focus in those early days was on case management, respite support for family members and care givers and ultimately helping our clients die with dignity. As the oldest ASO (AIDS Service Organization) in the area, EVAN never turns away new clients and is always there to help because we care.
As advances are made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, so does EVAN’s focus adjust to these advances. Today we support individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and give them hope for a brighter future. EVAN continually adds new programs and services to reflect the changing needs of our clients and their families. These services are offered free of charge to clients. In addition to other services provided by other ASOs in the area, EVAN also provides medicare copay assistance and short term housing to clients.
With office locations in Norfolk, Newport News and Williamsburg, EVAN has expanded to providing services throughout Eastern Virginia.

Aug 30, 2012 06:43 pm
 Posted by  Noel

The Peninsula Rescue Mission 3700 Huntington Ave., Newport News, VA

Since 1966 the Rescue Mission doors have received thousands of men who find themselves homeless. Within an hour of checking in they have been given access to clean clothes, showers, a bed, and a hot meal. Treated with care and dignity, our residents quickly understand PRM to be a safe place.

Many groups work diligently to provide material help for the needy. There are also many whose work is to introduce people to God through faith In Christ. The Peninsula Rescue Mission is a ministry seeking to do both. We operate completely independent from the government in order that we might maintain our Christian distinctives.

The Peninsula Rescue Mission runs Camp Open Arms

Not every family can afford to send their child(ren) to a nice summer camp. Begun in 1974, Camp Open Arms has been a free summer program for such children. Thousands have attended over the years, and hundreds have met the Savior in a life-changing way! Volunteers help staff the camp for two weeks each summer. The camp is held at Eastover Retreat Center in Surry County, on the James River. What a refreshing change of view for inner city youth!!

Sep 3, 2012 09:20 am
 Posted by  Amajam

Job's Daughters international is an amazing organization!

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Sep 3, 2012 01:00 pm
 Posted by  Huni Plz

Great Idea

Sep 4, 2012 01:48 pm
 Posted by  meljeffrey

The Nimmo Community Garden has been feeding the hungry in Virginia Beach since 2009. Volunteers plant, grow, and tend this 100'x60' garden from spring through fall. Food pantries come to harvest and share food through local faith based groups. Thanks for including us and hope you'll vote for us!

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