ONE Act a Week: Who are your heroes?

Action: 39. Time: 25 minutes. Level of difficulty: Moderate.

Do you know any extraordinary activists who, in addition to their everyday jobs and lives, help those who need it most? Inspire others to do the same? Make an impact in alleviating issues like homelessness and hunger?

Well, jot down their names and remember their stories, because this year, President Obama is accepting nominations for the Presidential Citizens Medal, an award that recognizes Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”

To nominate them, all you need to do is fill out this form. The first part of the form is easy — type in the person’s name, city and other details. But the next two questions are a bit trickier: “Explain why your nominee should receive the Citizens Medal” and “Describe the impact that your nominee’s service has had on individuals and/or communities.” Make sure you have all your facts straight before you start typing your answers; there’s no option to save, just submit.

Presidential Citizens Medal NOMINATION FORM

If you don’t have anyone to nominate, please forward this on to someone who might have an exemplary person in mind. This is a rare opportunity to help give credit where credit is due in such a big way, so act now!

ONE Act a Week is a weekly anti-poverty action to get you thinking, talking, sharing and learning about our issues. If we all just donated a few moments of our time each week, we can make some serious magic happen.

At top: President Obama giving the Presidential Citizen Medals to the winners in 2011. Photo credit: The White House.