The Maine Children’s Alliance is now accepting nominations for the annual Giraffe Awards, given to those who “stick their necks out for kids.”

This is an opportunity to say, “thank you,” to the individuals, organizations and businesses that go above and beyond to invest their time, energy and talent into our kids.

Since 1996, MCA has recognized those who do extraordinary work on behalf of children in communities all over Maine.

MCA has adopted the giraffe as its symbol for our ongoing efforts to improve the well-being of children, youth and families in Maine. The annual Giraffe Awards program calls attention to the achievements of dedicated volunteers, professionals and organizations who also “stick their necks out” for kids.

The Giraffe Awards recognize winners in different categories including: outstanding individual award, youth award, business award and organization award. Past winners have included people working in children’s mental health, youth camps, Maine businesses that have been generous to young people, volunteers, educators and many more.

Each nomination is important and makes a difference in the work we’re able to do on behalf of kids. All nominations must be received by Friday, May 30, 2018. The 2018 Giraffe Awards will be presented at the Champions for Children Luncheon on November 15, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.

The Maine Children’s Alliance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that advocates for sound public polices and promotes best practices for Maine children, youth and families.

To nominate someone, go to our website,

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