Good Neighbor Recognition

The City of Valparaiso has launched a Good Neighbor Recognition program to promote neighborhood involvement and community service. The Good Neighbor Award will be an annual recognition, highlighting an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to their neighborhood and the greater community through volunteerism and service.

Members of the community are invited to nominate individuals who demonstrate their volunteerism and commitment to the community by building a brighter future for Valparaiso. Nominees may represent all age groups, interest areas and walks of life. Nominations are due by November 1 for the 2020 award. Recognize someone special by completing the nomination form at

A committee of volunteers will review nominations and select a recipient to be recognized by Mayor Murphy on Nov. 28 during the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Valpo Parks' Winter Fest sponsored by First Source Bank. A plaque will be dedicated to the award in City Hall. Additionally, all nominees will be listed on the city's website to recognize their service to the community.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Individual nominees must be Valparaiso residents and must have volunteered in the city within the past year.
  • Individuals and organizations may only contribute one nomination per year.
  • Individuals may not self-nominate for this award.
  • Nominees may not be compensated for the service described within the nomination.
  • Selection committee members and elected officials may not participate as nominators or nominees.
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