Long-term promotion of the Youth Volunteer Awards was broadened in the early 90s to include acknowledgement of worthy adults and nonprofit organizations. Since then several partnerships have existed among for-profit and nonprofit entities under a few namesakes – Lighting the Way Awards, Jefferson Awards, and Give Light Awards.
Coming in Spring 2017, the Junior League of Wichita Falls is excited to build on its rich history of community volunteer recognition with a new format. This approach will continue to publicly recognize and applaud ordinary people reaching beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need. Yet there will be noticeable changes as the Junior League reorganizes to promote voluntarism in a larger scope by:
-Developing a larger and more diverse network of community partners who value voluntarism and the acknowledgement and appreciation thereof;
-Increasing recognition opportunities through expansion of award categories (including a for-profit category) and almost tripling monetary award amounts (to be designated to a charitable organization by the winner);
-Creating a premiere, community-wide event where residents come to celebrate the people who make Wichita Falls great; a
-Helping nonprofit organizations recruit and engage volunteers for future endeavors.