The Community Hero Award recognizes an individual in Portage County whose courage, strength and self-sacrifice in the service for a neighborhood/community, benefits people who may never know them by name, but who will reap the rewards of their work.
The Community Service Award recognizes programs or initiatives in Portage County that has demonstrated an action in the community, involving community members - young people, adults and families - coming together to work on a common interest or community need.
The Community Improvement Award helps to reveal and enhance the underlying identity of a community in Portage County. This would include historical renovations, beautification projects, art project, etc.
The Economic Development Award recognizes programs or initiatives in Portage County that have provided valuable development that will benefit a local or regional economy in terms of employment, income, and quality of life.
The Youth Initiative Award recognizes school or community organization programs that have developed, implemented or led innovative programs of external engagement with community stakeholders.
The Health Initiative Award recognizes programs or initiatives in Portage County that have been developed and implemented and demonstrate an effort to build better systems to provide all people the tools they need to reach their full potential for health and wellness.