Search Is on for America’s Top 100 ‘Hometown Heroes’

July 20th, 2021

The second annual Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA) program was launched nationwide in towns and counties with populations of less than 25,000. The country’s top 100 small town public service volunteers will again be recognized and honored for their outstanding service, with the top three winning cash awards for their communities.  

Details of the awards program, as well as the nomination form, can be found at The nomination period will run through October 15.

In addition to recognizing these ‘hometown heroes’ STACVA is designedto spotlight the alarming decline in the availability of citizens to fill critical local government roles, such as county boards and city councils, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and the many advisory committees that support other key local government functions.  

STAVCA is sponsored by CivicPlus, the nation’s leading integrated technology platform for local governments. The program is co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Association of Towns and Townships, Main Street America and Points of Light.  Representatives of these organizations are serving on the STACVA Advisory Team. 

The Barton Russell Group, the nation’s leading small town and rural America consultancy, has again been retained to administer and judge the 2021 program.  

Municipalities and counties represented by the top 100 nominees will qualify for a free volunteer management module that can be integrated with their website to help engage, recruit, track, and retain community volunteers. They will also receive 12 months of free support services for the module from CivicPlus. Localities represented by the top 3 national STACVA winners will also receive cash awards of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Local government representatives may nominate citizens or citizen organizations, using the online application. Nominators are asked to describe their candidate’s compelling story of local volunteerism and its positive impact on their community. Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in November.

“Civic volunteers play an essential role in their communities,” said Barton Russell, Founder & CEO of the Barton Russell Group. “STACVA is intended to honor these 'hometown heroes', and inspire a new cadre of citizens to fill important public service and public safety positions in their small towns and rural counties.”

About CivicPlus
CivicPlus is the integrated technology platform for local government, working with over 4,000 local governments, including municipalities, counties, and municipal departments. CivicPlus has been selected by Inc. Magazine as "One of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S." since 2011. For more information, visit

About the Barton Russell Group
The Barton Russell Group ( is the nation's leading small town and rural America consultancy. BRG has built, launched and managed major branding and community and government relations projects, programs and services for Fortune 500 companies and others seeking to do good, while doing well. BRG was founded by Bart Russell, a nationally recognized expert on "everything small town." One former U.S. President called him "the voice of small town America."