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Following are several tips for preparing an effective entry for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award program or the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award program.

Before entering:

  • Set aside a specific file for all your program documents. You'll need those photos, thank-you notes and newspaper clippings when you actually put your entry together!
  • Plan to track your program's progress from the beginning. Clearly state your goals and how you plan to accomplish them.
  • Document all project activities and events, funds raised and distributed or number of people served, and letters and media coverage received.
  • Keep in touch with any partnering agencies or groups to monitor the impact your program is having on those they serve.

When compiling your entry:

  • Follow the format of the entry form, and answer all questions when describing your project. Judges carefully consider the answers to questions on goals, implementation, results, coverage, etc.
  • Include the items you've been saving that will bring your entry to life for the judges. Photos, thank-you letters, articles, etc., all help the judges have a better understanding of your program.
  • Keep in mind that quality, not quantity, is the key. Choose the most representative items to include, rather than everything associated with your program.
  • Put yourself in the judge's shoes. What would you look for in an entry?

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