nominate someone for the 2011 presidential citizens medal

Once again, President Obama is calling on the public to nominate candidates for the Citizens Medal, the nation's second highest civilian award. For over 40 years, the Presidential Citizens Medal has recognized "citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens."

Do you know someone like this? The 2011 Citizens Medal will recognize outstanding Americans who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs, including individuals:
Who have a demonstrated commitment to service in their own community or in communities farther from home. Someone who has engaged in activities that have had an impact in their local community, on a community or communities elsewhere in the United States or on fellow citizens living or stationed around the world.

Who have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more extraordinary acts. Individuals who have demonstrated notable skill and grace, selflessly placed themselves in harm’s way, taken unusual risks or steps to protect others, made extraordinary efforts to further a national goal, or otherwise conducted themselves admirably when faced with unusually challenging circumstances.

Whose service relates to a long-term or persistent problem. Individuals who have made efforts to combat stubbornly persistent problems that impact entire communities, for example those who have taken innovative steps to address hunger, homelessness, the dropout crisis, lack of access to health care, and other issues that plague too many Americans.

Whose service has had a sustained impact on others’ lives and provided inspiration for others to serve. The ideal nominee for a Citizens Medal is a person whose work has had a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of others.
Among last year's Citizens Medial recipients, President Obama honored Betty Kwan Chinn, who provides meals to the homeless in her community. You can view a video gallery of all the 2010 Citizens Medal recipients here. For more information about the award, and to nominate someone, go to the White House website here.

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