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Service award nominees sought
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Know someone with a big heart for helping those in need in Newton County?

The Newton Fund is seeking nominees for its annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, which will be awarded to a community volunteer whose efforts have benefitted the county.

 Nominations may be submitted by anyone, and will be accepted through Friday, Jan. 14. Forms can be downloaded at (go to the Newton Fund page), or contact Barbara Morgan at (770) 385-8811 or A nomination form will be provided to complete and return.

“This award was created to recognize and honor a local community volunteer who gives back through notable service and time to Newton County,” said Morgan, chair of the Newton Fund, in a release. “The Newton Fund understands the importance of civic engagement and how it shapes our community. When residents give of their time, talent and resources, critical needs are met and communities are improved.” 
 The award is given in honor of  Patrick, the founding chair of the Newton Fund, who gave unselfish and untiring service in support of local nonprofits. A $2,000 grant will be given to an award recipient’s charity of choice.    

The Newton Fund is a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

The 2009 Big Heart Award was given to Ed Jenkins, founder of Willing Helpers medical ministry at Solid Rock Baptist Church.

The 2010 winner will be honored at a reception in February. The Newton Fund at the reception also will award grants totaling more than $26,000 to several Newton County nonprofits. It’s the largest amount of awards since 2007.

This year marks the 11th year of the Newton Fund, which works with community members, nonprofits and other partners to encourage philanthropy in Newton County. The Newton Fund has granted more than $257,000 to area nonprofits since 2000.