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Sherwood Smith Awards

Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith

Sherwood H. Smith is an enduring part of Northeast Florida’s legacy of service and advocacy. As a community trustee and an advocate for the common good, Sherwood Smith has embodied the spirit of service by his lasting impact through United Way as one of the foremost leaders of our predecessor, the Jacksonville Community Chest. His life, his work and his remarkable leadership are integral to United Way’s success in changing lives in our community today.

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Nominations are now closed for 2017.

Award Categories

Service: An individual who has demonstrated exemplary service in working directly with children and youth.

Advocacy: A community advocate whose efforts have resulted in positive change in policies or conditions that impact the well-being of children and youth in Northeast Florida.

Nomination forms are available to United Way certified agencies and to our partners working to improve the lives of young people in our community. A selection committee will review the nominations and select a deserving recipient in each category.

Sherwood Smith Award Recipients


2017 • Judy Hicks, Daniel Memorial Volunteer

2016 • Joseph Simmons III, Boy Scouts Volunteer

2015 • Vickie Robinson, ReadingPal Volunteer

2014 • Juanita Forman, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

2013 • Ernest Wade, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

2012 • Amy Buggle, DLC Nurse & Learn

2011 • D. Parker, Children’s Home Society

2010 • Gene Dillard, Boys Scouts of America, North Florida Council

2009 • Leon Baxton, Communities in Schools


2017 • Rebecca Aleman, Catholic Charities Jacksonville

2016 • Susan Mankowski, Jacksonville Public Library

2015 • Renata Hannans, Communities in Schools

2014 • Susan Golden, YMCA Tiger Academy

2013 • Chris Lester, Community Volunteer

2012 • Susan Greene, Success by 6 Volunteer

2011 • Vicki Burke, PACE Center for Girls

2010 • Susan Main, The Early Learning Coalition

2009 • Nancy Dreicer, Department of Children and Families