Best Practices Awards

Best Practices & Other Awards

Winners of our awards are announced at the annual conference in November. Each best practice award includes a plaque, financial reward, and recognition on our website and in a e-newsletter.

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2018 Best Practice Award Winner: Stewardship of Volunteers
2018 Best Practice Award Winner: Stewardship of Volunteers

Rebuild Upstate was the recipient for their focus on providing a great volunteer experience every time. Unlike seasonal or camp-like organizations, they have very limited time with each volunteer. However, because of continuous process improvement and a volunteer-centric culture, they create a... Continue Reading

12/5/2018


2018 Best Practice Award Winner: Partnership with Homeowners
2018 Best Practice Award Winner: Partnership with Homeowners

Good Neighbors Home Repair in Pennsylvania received this award for the outcomes research they did in the summer of 2018. Their impressive report shows that homeowners experience real financial relief because of their home repairs, as well as improved psychological, social, and spiritual... Continue Reading

12/5/2018


2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Innovative Home Repair Practices
2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Innovative Home Repair Practices

Rebuilding Together of the Triangle was the recipient. RTT begins by working with homeowners on a solution-based approach to assessment and often engaging an Occupational Therapist in the process. They focus on whole home performance which means they are ready to complete every type of repair.... Continue Reading

12/7/2017


2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Volunteer/Camper Hospitality
2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Volunteer/Camper Hospitality

Reach Mission Trips was the recipient. They received several nominations: a volunteer, a community partner, and a parent of a summer staff member all highly praised Reach's hospitality. They instill in volunteers and staff members a passionate desire for missions and service. They work hard to... Continue Reading

12/7/2017


2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Community Partnership
2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Community Partnership

Home Works of America was the recipient. HWA partners with the Help My House energy-efficiency program, an initiative from South Carolina's consumer-owned electric cooperatives. HWA repairs homes first (fixes roofs, builds wheelchair ramps, etc.) at no cost to the homeowner. Then, contractors... Continue Reading

12/7/2017


2017 Award Winner: Master Builder of the Year
2017 Award Winner: Master Builder of the Year

Bethlehem Farm was the recipient of this new award given to the member that helped recruit the most new association members. They recruited two new members. All organizations that recruit new members are part of the Master Builders Club. Other 2017 club members: Appalachia Service Project,... Continue Reading

12/7/2017


2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Volunteer/Camper Hospitality
2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Volunteer/Camper Hospitality

Mountain T.O.P. was the recipient. The idea of radical hospitality is a foundational practice at Mountain T.O.P. Simply put, they find ways to say ‘”yes.” If it is within reason and will not contradict the integrity of their programs, they are ready and willing to step... Continue Reading

12/13/2016


2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Management Excellence
2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Management Excellence

Service Over Self was the recipient. A community partner organization nominated SOS for this award. They wrote, “Phillip Walkley, the Executive Director of SOS, is a great servant leader who manages the team at SOS with humility and high expectations. He is extremely organized and has a... Continue Reading

12/13/2016


2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Community Partnership Recipient #1
2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Community Partnership Recipient #1

Ozark Mission Project was a recipient. They hold 12 camps throughout the state of Arkansas. In each community it serves, OMP partners with community organizations. We especially want to highlight that OMP partnered with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance this year. Cooking Matters classes... Continue Reading

12/13/2016


2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Community Partnership Recipient #2
2016 Best Practice Award Winner: Community Partnership Recipient #2

Rebuild Upstate was the other recipient. They partner with other nonprofits, schools, churches, and businesses in a number of ways. We want to specifically highlight the fact that this year, the City of Greenville, South Carolina contracted with Rebuild Upstate to manage its entire home... Continue Reading

12/13/2016


2015 Best Practice Award Winner: Management Excellence
2015 Best Practice Award Winner: Management Excellence

Sierra Service Project was the recipient. Megan Walsh, SSP’s Program Director, accepted the award and explained that their five-person central staff is involved in a variety of courses and meet-up groups through the local Nonprofit Resource Center. SSP pays for these courses and covers a... Continue Reading

12/6/2015


2015 Best Practice Award Winner: Innovative Fundraising
2015 Best Practice Award Winner: Innovative Fundraising

Alabama Rural Ministry the recipient. ARM replicates poverty housing by having their director and other community members live in “shacks.” These are small houses big enough to put a mattress; they sit in downtown Auburn. Lisa Pierce stays for a week and sleeps in the shack at... Continue Reading

12/6/2015