Do you know an individual, a business or an outstanding youth who you feel exemplifies the volunteer spirit in Arkansas? Nominate them for the 2018 Arkansas Community Service Awards! 

Since 1978, the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Office of Communications and Community Engagement, the Office of the Governor, and KARK-TV have recognized individuals and companies that serve others in extraordinary ways. These special Arkansans are honored for their volunteer work with the Community Service Awards, which includes an annual ceremony with the Governor televised by KARK-TV.

Deadline for nominations is November 10th, 2017. 

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Video by Austin Kellerman, KARK-TV

2017 Community Service Award Honorees

Recipients of the 2016-2017 Community Service Awards

Individual honorees include Christie Johnson of Conway; Selena Ellis of Benton; and Virgie Phillips of Lake View. Meanwhile, Eric and Kara Gilmore, Sarah Adams and Britney Spees, along with Peyton Welch, all reside in Little Rock. Alexis Roberson of Caraway received the Youth Humanitarian Award. The Corporate Humanitarian Award was given to Everett Buick GMC of Benton. The National Service Award went to North Little Rock’s Beau Cooper. Dallas Cowboys owner, and North Little Rock native, Jerry Jones received the 2017 Distinguished Citizen honor.

Volunteers have a vital role in both preserving and enhancing the well-being of their community.         

Some of Arkansas’ most compassionate volunteers were recently recognized during the 40th annual Community Service Awards.    

Sponsored by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Communications and Community engagement (OCCE) and KARK Channel 4, in cooperation with McLarty Automotive Group, the Office of the Governor, and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism – the 2017 CSA was an event celebrating a group of individuals who embrace the idea of being active in the community.

“The need for public-private partnerships is critical in order to address the social issues of our state.  The Governor’s Commission on National Service and Volunteerism and the Office of Communications and Community Engagement serve as the catalysts, connecting citizens with service,” said Shana Chaplin, Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and Faith-based Partnerships.  “The Community Service Awards afford the opportunity to model public-private partnerships, as the Governor’s Commission, DHS and KARK work together to celebrate some of the shining volunteers serving our communities.”

This year’s CSA honorees were: Christie Johnson of Conway; Selena Ellis of Benton; and Virgie Phillips of Lake View. Meanwhile, Eric and Kara Gilmore, Sarah Adams and Britney Spees, along with Peyton Welch, all reside in Little Rock. Alexis Roberson of Caraway received the Youth Humanitarian Award. The Corporate Humanitarian Award was given to Everett Buick GMC of Benton. The National Service Award went to North Little Rock’s Beau Cooper.        

Dallas Cowboys owner, and North Little Rock native, Jerry Jones received the 2017 Distinguished Citizen honor.