The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program held its 52nd annual meeting on Nov. 15 in Waterville. During the event, the organization presented four awards, honoring those in the community who go above and beyond to help their neighbors, according to a KVCAP news release.

Absalom “Smitty” Dow was this year’s recipient of the Community Partner Award, which is given to a group or individual who has worked with KVCAP for the betterment of his or her community. Dow was instrumental in launching the first KVCAP Golf Tournament in 2015 and his involvement has been fundamental to its success each year. Because of his efforts and dedication, this now-annual event has raised nearly $50,000 to support the Kennebec & Somerset Explorer public bus system.

Jan Clarkin received the Children’s Advocacy Award, honoring an individual who advocates for the betterment of children in their communities. Clarkin has been at the helm of the Maine Children’s Trust for 18 years and has been a staunch advocate for children and families. Maine children are healthier, safer and more nurtured in their homes and in the community, because of her effort and dedication.

Scotty’s Pizza & Variety accepted the Community Spirit Award, which commends a group or individual who embodies the spirit of his/her community and makes it a better place for all. This small family-owned business is in the heart of Waterville’s South End neighborhood and continues to show its generosity to the community and beyond. Scotty’s is not just a business, it is an extended family firmly embedded in the fabric of the South End Community, according to the release.

KVCAP presented the Parent Ambassadors with the Community Teamwork Award, which pays tribute to a group who has worked together for the betterment of its community. The Parent Ambassadors have successfully developed and implemented a meaningful social network and community for parents in which they can learn together, support each other and become empowered as parents, leaders and advocates. Their commitment to KVCAP and Educare, and to their peers and their families, is outstanding.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to honor these four outstanding award recipients,” said KVCAP’s Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Walsh, according to the release. “Partnerships are at the foundation of Community Action. We understand that a team effort is a vital component to building the financial and social stability of Central Maine residents. These award recipients each play an active role, helping our communities become safer, healthier, and a better place to live. Highlighting their work is our way of saying thank you for their commitment to our community.”

About KVCAP

The Kennebec Valley Community Action Program assists people in Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties. It is a private, nonprofit organization, with an annual budget of 22.8 million and 280 employees. KVCAP is headquartered in Waterville, with offices in Augusta, Skowhegan, Wiscasset, and several outreach locations. Since 1965, KVCAP has worked to eliminate poverty and build stronger communities by helping over 800,000 people improve their financial stability.