The Riverbrook Regional YMCA has announced that nominations for the Distinguished Citizen Awards, which are made at the YMCA’s annual Community Celebration, are now open for anyone in the Norwalk, Redding and Wilton community to submit a candidate.

The Distinguished Citizen Awards have been made since 1986, and to date 86 recipients, organizations and businesses have received the award. The criteria for the Distinguished Citizen Award is a person, civic group or business who has made a significant difference in Wilton, Norwalk or Redding’s quality of life by giving exemplary and longstanding volunteer service to the community.

The Awards will be presented at the Y’s annual benefit. Funds raised during the event support the Y’s mission to be open and accessible to all, so that everyone in the community has an opportunity to participate in Y membership, programs, services and social activities, regardless of financial situation or ability. The Y awards $500,000 annually for financial assistance and community outreach programs so that children can attend summer day camp, senior citizens can participate in water exercise, adults can rehabilitate from an accident or chronic illness, and families can spend quality time swimming together at the Y.

Nomination forms for the Distinguished Citizen Award can be obtained by contacting Christene Freedman, chief development officer for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA at 203.762.8384, ext. 279 or via email. Submission deadline is March 5, 2019. Contact Freedman for more information on the Award or on the YMCA’s Farm to Table Community Celebration.

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA has been an integral part of the fabric of the community for 40 years, providing more than 120 programs to over 9,000 community members, and as a charitable organization continues to rely on the support of sponsors, donors and the public to continue its mission of maximizing the personal potential of all individuals in the community. By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the community’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving its neighbors, the Riverbrook Regional YMCA ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure. To learn more about the Riverbrook Regional YMCA and how to get involved, visit the website or Facebook page.

Serving the coastal city of Norwalk as well as the towns of Georgetown, Redding and Wilton, the Riverbrook Regional YMCA provides services to 134,000 residents across diverse communities. The YMCA is a member-supported charitable organization dedicated to promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility by offering a broad range of health enhancing, recreational, educational and social programs that are affordable and accessible to all people in the communities we serve. Its vision is to use all available resources to maximize the personal potential of every person in the community who is affiliated with or takes advantage of the exceptional Y programs and facilities.