STAR Expo/Awards Program
The City of Champaign is filled with unsung heroes who help others day after day. To acknowledge them for their service to our neighborhoods, we need your help. Everyone knows a special person or organization that is committed to making our community a better place. This is an excellent opportunity to honor those in our community who are willing to contribute time, talents, resources and energy to better our community. Please fill out a nomination and recognize these exceptional groups and individuals!
Nominees and winners are recognized during the STAR Expo/Awards Ceremony held each year.
The 2014 nomination process is NOW OPEN so submit a nomination today! Nominations are due February 25, 2014 by 11:59 pm. The 2014 STAR Expo/Awards Ceremony will be held on April 17, 2014.
STAR Awards Categories
This award recognizes excellence in business-neighborhood partnership. It is intended for a Champaign-based business that works with a neighborhood or neighborhoods to improve the quality of life and help with positive development. Company must have been operating during the current calendar year.
This award honors excellence in community partnership. It acknowledges non-profit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, and government agencies for above and beyond contribution to the community. A community organization should be nominated for a specific project, program, or event that benefited the community in some manner. Projects/events/programs must be completed during the current calendar year.
This award is given for excellence in community service. It recognizes extraordinary volunteer and civic efforts, which help build community spirit. Individuals or groups nominated for this award demonstrate the importance of doing what they feel is necessary to make a difference in the lives of people in the face of great adversity. Activities must be completed during the current calendar year.
Good Neighbor Award
This award is given for excellence in neighborly service. It recognizes the simple acts of kindness, which help build community spirit. Individuals or groups nominated for this award demonstrate the importance of lending a helping hand and providing volunteer services within neighborhoods. Good deeds must be completed during the current calendar year.
This award recognizes excellence in community building within a neighborhood. Neighborhood-community building projects are activities that are initiated by any individual or group to improve the physical or social environment of a neighborhood. Projects must be completed during the current calendar year.
This award recognizes excellence in leadership, and is exclusive to leaders of neighborhood associations, homeowner associations and neighborhood groups registered with the City of Champaign. Nominee must be a sitting officer during the current calendar year.
Neighborhood of the Year
This category is to award the neighborhood association, homeowner association or neighborhood group who is most consistent in getting together for meetings and activities. The neighborhood organization or group who actively strives to provide neighborhood support to residents in its area, and demonstrates value for diversity, promotes inclusiveness and can show documentation of multiple activities and/or projects they have been involved in, or sponsored to benefit the neighborhood or the community. Neighborhood must be active during the current calendar year.
This award honors excellence in youth leadership. It acknowledges individuals or groups who have exemplified positive leadership and decision-making skills in service to the Community. Activities must be completed during the current calendar year.
Eligible candidates are individuals who reside in the City of Champaign. The service or deed that prompted the nomination must have been completed during the current calendar year. Nominated citizens or groups should be compassionate persons, who through volunteer efforts in his/her neighborhood or the community, have demonstrated a willingness to lend a hand. The ideal candidate has excellent neighborhood interaction and exemplary citizenship. Some categories are specific to certain types of groups. See award descriptions above for details. For more information, contact the City of Champaign Neighborhood Services Department, Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm at (217) 403-7070.
STAR Leadership Institute
The STAR Leadership Institute endeavors to be a synergistic access point for civic and community education that inspires productive citizen involvement and helps to foster neighborhood and community quality of life in Champaign.
To coordinate and facilitate public access to quarterly educational workshops on prevailing neighborhood and community issues, initiatives and programs; local government operations; and service opportunities.
January Leadership Institute
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - Registration closed
July Leadership Institute
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Registration closed
October Leadership Institute
For more information about the Leadership Institute, please contact the Neighborhood Coordination Office at (217) 403-7070 or download our brochure.