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The application for the Shauna M. Sorrells Program is now open! Applications are open until Monday, October 23rd. The finalists will be announced on Friday, November 3rd. Once finalists are announced, check back to vote for the winner until Tuesday, November 7th. On Wednesday, November 8th, G2G will announce the winner at the Open Doors to Giving event, where you will have a chance to see all the finalists, hear about the great work they are doing, and donate to any of the organizations.

About the program

Shauna M. Sorrells

Shauna dedicated her life to making a difference, primarily in affordable housing and found creative ways to address the holistic needs of families and children through the provision of stable housing in a supportive community setting. By addressing health, education, employment and housing needs, Shauna's leadership helped tens of thousands of people for years to come. Shauna’s career included working for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the United Way and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the Director of the Office of Public Housing Programs for HUD, she received several awards, including four Secretarial Awards from Secretaries Jackson, Preston and Donovan, as well as an Assistant Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for exceptional efforts. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. She served on several boards, including the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and Homes for America. Most important of all, she was a proud mom to her son, Isaiah. During her short time with us from 1972-2019, she made a significant impact. The purpose of this award is to honor her legacy and continue her work by making a difference within communities most in need.

In 2020, we launched the Shauna M. Sorrells Program to provide a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit that dedicates meaningful services and programs to women and children, especially women of color.

Grants are for small nonprofits providing services to women and children and communities of color.

Past award winners have provided programming in breast cancer prevention, STEM education, adult literacy, domestic violence, and career advancement services.

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2023 Timeline

September 19

Applications are open for 2023 candidates

October 23 @ Midnight

Application submissions closed

November 3

Finalists announced

November 3-7

Online voting occurs - only one vote per device

November 8

Winner announced in online forum that provides platform for nonprofits to share area of expertise, raise their profile and raise money.

2022 Winner

ARCH makes the world a more welcoming place for returning citizens one business, organization, and faith community at a time.

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2022 Finalists

Congratulations to the Finalists that each received a $1,000 Shauna M. Sorrells grant:

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2022 Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists that each received a $500 Shauna M. Sorrells grant:

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Our 2020 Finalists

You can make a difference and donate today to any of these organizations and continue Shauna’s work to make a difference in the world. Any amount makes a difference!

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Words are just the start.

Action is what is needed.

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