Nominations Open: Help Us Determine Our 2023 Change Makers

Blog CM 2023 Nominations

Central Florida is a community that embraces all that it means to Live United. 

To show appreciation and honor individuals and organizations who have stepped up to contribute to significant and lasting change in our community over the past year, Heart of Florida United Way will recognize these passionate advocates through the 2023 Change Maker Impact Awards.  
Change Makers have a philanthropic core and a deep desire to do good. It’s because of their go-getter mentality that our community is the place that it is today.   

We know there are hundreds of Change Makers in our community who should be recognized, and that’s where you come in. We need your help to identify these passionate individuals in our community. There are five types of Change Maker awards we need your nominations for: 
Unsung Hero Award 
The Unsung Hero Award lifts up a person or organization that is making significant contributions to our community when no one is looking. Be it someone who makes a career of service or someone who volunteers their time, we want to honor those who are making a difference at the grassroots level regardless of getting credit for their work. 
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Change Maker Junior Award 
The Change Maker Junior Award celebrates contributions to Central Florida made by some of the region’s youngest leaders. Specifically to highlight Change Makers from 0-17 years old, we want to honor those who are using creativity, determination, and passion for change to make a difference for others. Age is just a number and certainly does not define the impact one can make on their community. 
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Women United Impact Award 
The Women United Impact Award recognizes a woman leading the charge and inspiring the change in Central Florida. This individual leads with purpose and has a strong commitment to serving others, empowering their neighbors, and making a lasting impact in their community. 
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Mission United Impact Award 
The Mission United Impact Award recognizes a champion for Veterans or an outstanding service member who has contributed towards significant and positive change in Central Florida. The individual displays a commitment to serving in their community, whether through advocacy, community service, an act of heroism, or other means. 
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Emerging Leader Impact Award (NEW This Year!) 
The Emerging Leader Impact Award recognizes an early- to mid-career professional passionate about making an impact in Central Florida. This individual aims to be an advocate for the community by being informed, socially aware, and culturally competent to help solve critical issues facing our community. 
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The nomination period is open now through Friday, September 1, 2023. To continue fueling their work, selected honorees will receive a grant from Heart of Florida United Way to be donated to the non-profit of their choice. 
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