Saturday, February 23, 2013

Call for Nominations. White House Champions of Change

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
                     Federal Emergency Management Agency

WASHINGTON—Today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the White House Office of Public Engagement, announced that the nomination period for the Hurricane Sandy White House Champions of Change is now open.

On April 24, 2013, the White House will host a Champions of Change event to recognize outstanding leaders and hidden heroes that contributed to the ongoing response and recovery of Hurricane Sandy.  The innovative, collaborative, and solutions-based work of local heroes has significantly contributed to response and recovery efforts.  FEMA is accepting nominations of individuals, community leaders, neighborhood groups, small businesses, and members of academia that implemented creative solutions to problems facing disaster survivors. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

“While Superstorm Sandy devastated many communities along its path, it also brought out the best in us, as neighbors helped neighbors to survive and recover,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As we continue to rebuild after this storm, help us recognize Champions of Change who went above and beyond to help others.”

The White House’s Champions of Change is an initiative of the Obama Administration to honor ordinary Americans using innovative, creative solutions to address challenges in their community. The Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country who are “Winning the Future” with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.  Each week, the White House Office of Public Engagement hosts an event to honor those who are working to empower and inspire other members of their communities.  Agency representatives and White House Policy Offices participate in the events, and host discussions on amplifying best practices learned in each area. 

Additional information on the Champions of Change program can be found at To submit a nomination, visit, download the nomination form and e-mail it to: Nominations will be accepted through March 6, 2013. 

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