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2013 Award Recipients


Service to Youth:
Ernest Wade

Advocacy on Behalf of Youth:
Chris Lester

Read more about past recipients.
Sherwood Smith Award
Sherwood H. Smith’s commitment to philanthropy and our community was well-known throughout Northeast Florida. As executive director of the Jacksonville Community Chest and state director and commissioner of the Florida Department of Public Welfare, he demonstrated his desire to make a difference in countless ways. Our community’s confidence in United Way was shaped by his presence in our history.


The Sherwood H. Smith Children’s Champion Awards


Awards are in two categories:
Category 1 - Service: An individual who has demonstrated exemplary service in working directly with children and youth.
Category 2 - Advocacy: A community advocate whose efforts have resulted in positive change in policies or conditions that impact the well-being of children and youth in Northeast Florida.

Nomination forms are available to United Way's community impact partners working to improve the lives of young people in our community. A selection committee will review the nominations and determine recipients for each category. The awards of $1,000 each will be presented at a United Way event later this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Clark at (904) 330-3951.

Please complete the form online, or you may download, print and mail the form to:

United Way of Northeast Florida
ATTN: Sharon Clark
1301 Riverplace Blvd., Ste. 400
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 11, 2014.