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The Cumberland Times News: Nominations sought for Helping People Award

CUMBERLAND — Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office is accepting nominations for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award through Sept. 30.

Established in 2012, the award honors the legacy of public service left by the former mayor, governor and comptroller.

The award is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals and organizations with an unwavering commitment to helping people.

“Maryland is full of selfless individuals and remarkable groups that prioritize the lives of others, fulfilling unmet needs to improve vulnerable communities,” said Franchot, who will present the award to each recipient, beginning later this year.

“Every year, I hear so many inspiring stories of people around our state doing amazing work that it’s become to difficult to pick just one winner in each jurisdiction.”

Award recipients will be selected on their demonstration of improving the community; promptly responding to a citizen problem through effective government intervention; directly aiding the most vulnerable populations; or establishing a public/private partnership to improve the lives of fellow Marylanders.

Nominations submitted in previous years but not selected may be re-sent. To submit a nomination, visit For more information, call 410-260-6346.

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