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The Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center's “Making a Difference” Community Service Award was developed to honor persons who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication related to alcohol and other drug issues.  The honoree selected should serve as a role model for compassion and service and be striving to make the community a better place.  He/she should have a passion for helping others in his/her community.


Any person who resides/is employed in northern Indiana or Southwest Michigan may be nominated, with the exception of any paid staff member of AARC or any member of the AARC Board of Directors or AARC Awards Committee.


Persons being nominated for this award will have consistently demonstrated qualities of compassion and service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities in one year.  This work may have occurred as a volunteer or as a paid employee of an organization.

Judging Criteria 

  • The degree to which their services/actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on their community and/or colleagues
  • The length and degree of their service
  • The extent to which their service or actions might be considered above and beyond the call of duty
  • The extent to which their actions would be recognized and valued by their peers/community leaders
  • Passion, leadership, striving for excellence in the advancement of the mission of their organization


The Making a Difference Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented throughout the calendar year.  Award recipients will be recognized at AARC’s Anniversary Luncheon every fall.

To Make a Nomination

A nomination for the award can be made using the "Making a Difference" Community Service Award online form
Or download the nomination form and submit it to AARC.