MT group seeks to honor residents for good deeds
BY DAVID O'CONNOR, Staff Writer
In an era when it seems fewer people are taking the time to volunteer, it's somewhat surprising to realize that "there's a lot of volunteering going on," Larry Marshall says.
"And that's kind of impressive," says Marshall, a member of Manheim Township Community Life Task Force.
"People don't get paid to do any of that. But they just go and do it."
To honor adults and students who do everything from helping coach sports to assisting younger students with reading, Manheim Township leaders for 2013 have developed first-of-their-kind awards for township residents.
Two awards -- the Manheim Township Community Spirit Award for an adult resident and the Manheim Township Youth Service Award for a township student in grades 7 through 12 -- will be awarded later this year.
People who know of someone in either category who is quietly doing good in the township are asked to submit nominations, which are being accepted through the end of August.
The idea is to honor "people who are doing good things, committed things, sacrificial things" in the township, says the task force's president, the Rev. Craig Ross, senior pastor at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
"And we feel they should be recognized," especially young people who are doing good, said another member, Larry Miller.
The winners will be selected by a committee of community leaders, and they will be notified of their awards in September.
The awards will be presented in October at a Manheim Township commissioners' meeting.
The adult winner will receive a desktop trophy with a letter of commendation from the commissioners and state Rep. Steve Mentzer, while the youth award winner will get $50 and a similar commendation letter from Mentzer.
The citizens' task force, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a coalition of residents and organization representatives that aims to address township concerns. It meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Manheim Township police offices, across from the township building on Municipal Drive.
The task force over the years has: coordinated Manheim Township's 275th anniversary celebration in 2004; taken steps to address problems with domestic violence; and developed efforts to prevent aggressive driving during the Route 30 construction project in the mid-1990s.
To nominate someone in the township who might be deserving of either award, visit the township webpage, www.manheimtownship.org, or contact the township's Kelly Hummel at email@example.com to have a nomination form sent to you.
""There are a lot of really great people in the township doing really interesting and wonderful things," says Hummel, the task force secretary and also township public relations and events manager.
"We wanted to take the opportunity to honor these individuals for their impact on our community. This is our chance to give back to them."