Show your appreciation for a person or group in our community that has made a positive impact by supporting the mission of The Arc of East Central Iowa or serving as a role model of our values. Nominate them to win an award at our annual ceremony held in September.

2019 Award Winners

2019 Arc award winners
2019 The Arc Annual Award Winners
  • Super Siblings of the Year – Easton & Camryn Clark
  • Para Educators of the Year – Michelle Lodwig & Colleen Urban
  • Volunteers of the Year – Ruth Hojka, Nancy Roth, & Stacy Stastny
  • Volunteer Group of the Year – Collins Community Credit Union
  • Outstanding Community Service – Michael Gerald
  • Direct Service Professionals of the Year – Faith Lain & Riley Wignall
  • Meritorious Service Award – Nancy Rife
  • Media Excellence – The Gazette
  • Professional of the Year – Trisha Sellers
  • Employer of the Year – Crystal Group
  • Business Supporter of the Year – Veridian Credit Union
  • Community Advocate of the Year – Westdale Bowling Center
  • Bill Sackter Self-Determination/Self-Advocate of the Year – Darren Keller

When Can I Submit a Nomination?

You can nominate outstanding people or organizations anytime throughout the year.

Award Categories

Nominate an individual, group of people, organization, or business for the award that matches the contributions they have made.

  • Bill Sackter Self-Determination / Self-Advocate of the Year – Recognizes a person with intellectual disabilities who has demonstrated, through his or her talents and abilities, extraordinary and meritorious success. The recipient is a self-advocate who is an achieving and inclusive member of society and serves as a role model, peer, and mentor to others.
  • Business Supporter of the Year – Recognizes a company or organization that has provided extraordinary support enabling The Arc to advance its mission.
  • Community Advocate of the Year – Honor a community volunteer, group, or organization that has demonstrated a positive attitude toward an individual or a group of individuals with a disability to achieve a higher degree of independence by increasing their quality of life and concept of self-determination.
  • Direct Service Professional of the Year – Awards a direct care staff member who demonstrates exceptional sensitivity to people with intellectual disabilities and who exhibits quality work within the position held.
  • Employer of the Year – Recognizes employers who have made outstanding contributions in the employment of Iowans with intellectual disabilities and models a philosophy of supporting employment opportunities — exhibited through recruiting, accommodating, employing, and advancing persons with disabilities — as a strength. Businesses that focus on the ability of the employees (rather than the disability) are excellent nominees.
  • Media Excellence – Honors outstanding media efforts that create better community understanding of intellectual disabilities and the individuals affected. This award recognizes reports, programs, and news stories in television, radio, and print. The recipient has provided extraordinary support enabling The Arc to advance its mission.
  • Meritorious Service Award – Awards an individual who, over a long period of time, has provided excellent service or advocacy that has led to better community understanding of intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
  • Outstanding Community Service – Recognizes a company or an organization that has performed an outstanding service on behalf of persons with disabilities either financially or though service or leadership.
  • Para-Educator of the Year – Awards a classroom para-educator who demonstrates excellence in helping students with disabilities to meet their educational goals.
  • Professional of the Year – Honors an individual employed in health, education, human services or other fields that has demonstrated the ability to obtain outstanding professional results that have increased independence or additional opportunities for persons with disabilities.
  • Super Sibling of the Year – Recognizes a brother or sister who has demonstrated, through his or her actions, a positive attitude that enhances the quality of life for their sibling with an intellectual disability. The person who is selected serves as a role model, peer, and mentor to their sibling within their home and in the community.
  • Teacher/Educator of the Year – Honors extraordinary and meritorious service of an Educator (public or private non-profit agency employee) who has substantially contributed to the education of persons with intellectual disabilities. Through patience, care, and understanding the recipient has made a significant impact on the lives of persons with disabilities in helping them meet their educational goals.
  • Volunteer of the Year – Recognizes extraordinary and meritorious service of a volunteer who has substantially contributed integrity and dedication in support of persons with intellectual disabilities. His or her generous contributions of time and talents have enhanced the lives of persons with disabilities.
  • Volunteer Group of the Year – Awards extraordinary and meritorious service of a volunteer group that’s substantially contributed integrity and dedication in support of persons with intellectual disabilities. Their generous contributions of time and talents have enhanced the lives of persons with disabilities.

Download a brochure [PDF] with descriptions of the nomination categories.

Submit a Nomination

Send us your nomination online today, or download, complete, and submit a Printable Nomination Form [PDF].