Give Light Awards

Over the span of five decades, The Junior League has embraced the value of voluntarism in the Wichita Falls community.  Long-term promotion of the Youth Volunteer Awards was broadened in the early 90s to include acknowledgment 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.

The Junior League of Wichita Falls is dedicated to building on its rich history of community volunteer recognition. This approach continues to publicly recognize and applaud ordinary people reaching beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need.  Junior League works to promote voluntarism in a larger scope by:

  • Developing a larger and more diverse network of community partners who value voluntarism
  • 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);
  • Create a premiere, community-wide event where residents come to celebrate the people who make Wichita Falls great; and
  • Help nonprofit organizations recruit and engage volunteers for future endeavors.

2020 Award Categories & Winners

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 

Winner receives $2,500 that will be donated to the nonprofit for which their volunteerism was recognized.

This award is to celebrate an individual who has an established history of distinguished service that is the result of a 20 (or more) year commitment and selfless dedication to volunteerism in our community. Leadership contributions are indicative of, but not limited to, the sharing of expertise, skill sets and knowledge, mentoring others to build individual and organizational capacities, financial contributions to accompany gifts of time, and simply raising the bar of volunteer engagement.  This role model easily depicts how one person can make a substantial, long-term impact for sustained change.

LEGACY BUILDER 

Winner receives $1,000 that will be donated to the nonprofit for which their volunteerism was recognized.

This award celebrates an individual who embodies the true spirit of volunteerism; commitment, selflessness, generosity and care through unparalleled action.  Their dedication to serving the nonprofit sector, bringing innovative ideas forward and to fruition, and exuding passion for their championed cause(s) helps to build a stronger community by ensuring the needs of others are met in unique, inclusive, and transforming ways.

 

EXCELLENCE IN CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT

Winner receives $1,000 that will be donated to the nonprofit for which their volunteerism was recognized.

This award is to celebrate a for-profit corporation or business that not only provides sponsorship of one (or more) nonprofit organizations and their respective initiatives, but also encourages employee volunteer participation.  This may encompass ongoing volunteer support, providing paid time off for employees to give back or matching employee contributions to nonprofits. Overall, there is a general workplace commitment to making our community a better place.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR

Winner receives $1,000 that will be donated to the nonprofit for which their volunteerism was recognized.

This award celebrates a local nonprofit organization whose community support services are rendered by effectively trained and mobilized volunteers who share a distinct role within the organization.  Programs and services rely on a strong volunteer base that produces mission-driven results and measurable community impact. Includes civic, community service and faith-based groups.

 

EMERGING LEADER 

Winner receives $1,000 that will be donated to the nonprofit for which their volunteerism was recognized.

This award celebrates an individual who, within the last year, has kindled a love for nonprofit work and has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to volunteerism in our community.  Even though current experience may be brief, this individual shows significant promise consistent with being a catalyst for positive change.