Molina Healthcare invites community-based organizations to nominate the unsung heroes that are the backbone of the community.
The Community Champions Awards program was established in 2006 in memory of Molina's founder, Dr. C. David Molina. The nominations are due on Monday, Aug. 29. Click here to access the nomination form.
The annual event includes the awards dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Founders Hall in Charleston. The winners will be selected on the basis of their achievements, commitment to service and the positive results and influence of their volunteer efforts. A panel of judges will review each nomination and select the 2016 Community Champions.
In addition to the Community Champions trophy, each winner will also receive a $1,000 grant to give to their favorite nonprofit. These "pay it forward" microgrants often enable nonprofits to add resources to assist their clients and the community.
Molina Healthcare offers Medicaid plans several states, including South Carolina.
Previous Champions include Niki Mani, who founded Stop Diabetic Blindness. Her nonprofit provides free eye exams and medical treatments to prevent blindness in diabetic patients. Champion Tony Grotrian combats opiate abuse in Hancock County, Ohio. He is dedicated to the victims and families affected by addiction. He is also an activist that is working toward legislation to help combat substance abuse and opiate addiction.