CANI still seeking nominees for annual award


Press release from CANI:

CANI still seeking nominees for annual award

Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) is seeking nominations for the 4th annual William G. Williams Award to be presented May 4 at the CANI RECAP event.

The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who demonstrate a commitment to helping communities, families, and individuals remove the conditions of poverty. The award was first created to honor the efforts of the now late William G. Williams, the first executive director of the Allen County Economic Opportunity Council, the former name of CANI.

In addition to Mr. Williams, past winners include current CANI Executive Director Joe Conrad and posthumously John Beeson of New Castle. Beeson was an employee of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and a champion of the poor.

An award winner will be chosen based on the significance of his or her contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Helping low-income people become more self-sufficient;
  • Improving the conditions in which low-income people live;
  • Helping low-income people own a stake in their community;
  • Creating partnerships among supporters and providers of service to low-income people
  • Increasing CANI’s capacity to achieve results;
  • Helping low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.

Nomination forms are available on CANI’s Web site at, or by calling Lauren Caggiano at (260) 760-8924. Return the completed form to: William G. Williams Award, CANI, PO Box 10570, Fort Wayne, IN 46853-0570. Applications must be received by April 1.

The winner will be announced at the CANI RECAP, the agency’s annual meeting on May 4 at Ceruti’s Summit Park. Community leaders, board members, agency partners and donors are invited to attend this event, when CANI will Report on our achievements in 2009, Educate attendees about goals, Celebrate the accomplishments of clients, Appreciate board members, donors, volunteers, and agency partners and Present plans for 2010.

CANI’s mission is incredibly vital to our communities as we work to help families in need each day. CANI participates in economic development, family development, mentoring, adult education, and job training. We provide families access to quality childcare, preschool education, emergency food and utility assistance, affordable and livable housing, and medical and dental care.

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