Camden County accepting nominees for 2017 Freedom Medal

The Camden County Freedom Medal recognizes residents who have bettered their community and exemplified the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Camden County Freeholder Board is currently accepting nominations for the Camden County Freedom Medal.

“The honor recognizes extraordinary Camden County citizens who have unselfishly contributed their time and effort to better their community while exemplifying those ideals indicative of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” explained Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr.

Nominees must be a resident of Camden County, must have made a specific contribution directed to his/her community that, over time, has made a significant, tangible improvement benefiting the people of the community and accomplishments must be based strictly on volunteer work, excluding any remuneration.

To nominate a resident, the nominator must submit a 300-word essay; specifically supporting the nominee’s accomplishments, including all relevant details, of the period of time spent on the community’s service and the measurable impact on the community. The essay must be attached to its nomination form, including any accompanying reference information available on the specific services provided by the nominee. There cannot be any reference to the nominee’s professional career. Past medal recipients are not eligible.

The review committee will determine the 2017 award recipients who will be honored at a reception ceremony. All applications and supporting documents must be received by the review committee no later than Dec. 12. All successful nominees will be posted on www.camdencounty.com and notified by mail by Dec. 19, 2016.

“Please take the time to nominate someone you know who embodies the dream and actions of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Camden County Freedom Medal,” Cappelli said.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.camdencounty.com or by mail to Division of Special Events, 1301 Park Boulevard, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.