Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton seeks nominations for annual social justice award
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:21 am

CANTON — The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton seeks nominations for its annual social justice award.

Each year, the church recognizes an individual who is making a difference in our community. The Rachel Somers Grant Social Action Award was established in 1990 to honor those who work, as Rachel did, to make ours a more humane and progressive community.

Recent recipients of the award have included Chelle Lindahl and Melinda Ely, co-coordinators of the Local Living Festival; Kelley Glasgow, for her work on the Bearpacks program at Canton Schools; Heather Sullivan-Catlin for her work on poverty and food distribution; Janet Green and Helen Hutchinson for their long-standing commitment to Hospice, and Carol Pynchon and Sara Schaff for their efforts in mobilizing political action to support women’s issues after the 2016 election.

Nominees should exemplify some of the following characteristics which Rachel showed in her life: promotion of local grassroots efforts as a means of achieving social change, advocacy on behalf of social justice, especially for those who are marginalized in some way, active involvement in a variety of local groups working for a better community, and a history of organizing, involving, and supporting community members in pursuit of social justice.

Nominations for the 2018 Rachel Somers Grant Award should explain how the nominee exemplifies some of the above criteria and be sent by April 30 by email [email protected], or by mail to: Social Action Committee, Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, 3 ½ East Main St., Canton, NY, 13617.