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The Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF) announced on Tuesday that nominations will open on August 1 for the 2022 Community Awards. In conjunction with the Community Summit, CCCF will recognize three pillars of the community: nonprofit organization of the year, philanthropist of the year, and volunteer of the year for the 2022 Community Awards.

Image courtesy Chaffee County Community Foundation

“The inaugural Community Awards gives the Foundation and members of our community an opportunity to recognize those who make a significant contribution and impact to Chaffee County. We’re excited to celebrate the characteristics we love to see and recognize those dedicated to our community,” said CCCF Executive Director Betsy Dittenber.

  • Nonprofit organization of the year recognizes an outstanding nonprofit that has served Chaffee County with innovation, demonstrated high-impact programming, and dedication to constant improvement. This organization is making a significant contribution to the vitality of our local community by meeting a significant need with effective solutions.
  • Philanthropist of the year recognizes an outstanding donor whose giving has made a significant impact in Chaffee County. This individual, family, company, or organization serves as an exemplar of generosity through outstanding charitable support, leadership, and service.
  • Volunteer of the year recognizes an outstanding individual who is volunteering their time and talent in the nonprofit sector in Chaffee County. This individual is making a significant contribution to our community through dedication, service, innovation, leadership, and collaboration in their volunteer roles.

To nominate please visit the CCCF Community Awards page and complete the online form. Deadline to nominate is September 15th. Winners of the 2022 Community Awards will be recognized  from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 20 at the Salida SteamPlant, following the Community Summit.

The Community Summit is a full-day learning and connecting opportunity for nonprofit leaders with special perks and prizes throughout the day. Open to nonprofit and community agency leaders from the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding regions, registration starts at $40 for the nonprofit professional early bird rate or $20 to attend the Community Awards Reception. Visit the 2022 CCCF Community Summit page for more information, the agenda, and registration.

For questions or more information, contact Betsy Dittenber at or at 719-204-5071.

Featured image courtesy of Chaffee County Community Foundation