The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award $160,000 to Louisiana Angels who perform extraordinary work for Louisiana’s at-risk children.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Angel Award is a statewide recognition program honoring exceptional volunteer efforts on behalf of Louisiana’s youth. The award is granted to eight volunteers who assist in increasing awareness of children’s needs and providing resources to help address them. Once chosen, each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000. Since 1995, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million to more than 160 individuals improving the lives of Louisiana children.
Angel Award honorees are selected by a panel of past honorees based on their efforts to enhance a child’s life – physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. The volunteer efforts may be through churches, schools, civic organizations or individual effort.
The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:
NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children?
ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?
Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.
To submit a nomination electronically, please click here. Supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos, is encouraged but cannot be returned.
Hardcopy nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com.
Please note that the nomination deadline is April 3, 2015. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony during Fall 2015.