Know someone who’s kickin’ butt for the community, using time, talent or charity? Let’s help get them paid.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation, a borough-wide charitable organization, is throwing the first-ever online Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards campaign to identify and honor local selfless heroes. But they need you to identify individuals who display an outstanding sense of giving back locally - nominate and vote for candidates online.

“The work of the Brooklyn Community Foundation is to encourage giving and service to our communities,” said Marilyn Gelber, the president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “Through this effort we hope to recognize those Brooklynites who are giving back everyday to make our borough stronger and kinder.”

The organization is looking for do-gooders in the following categories: Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement and Green Communities. Each of the five winning Brooklyn Do Gooders will receive an award as well as $5,000 to be used as a reinvestment in a recognized charitable entity working in Brooklyn.

Online voting will help determine 20 Brooklyn Do Gooder finalists, after which a distinguished panel of judges will choose the winners.  Judges currently include WNYC’s Laura Walker, Freelancer Union’s Sara Horowitz, MoCADA’s Laurie Cumbo, award-winning author Peter Hedges and other local leaders.

Nominations are being collected through September 30. Online voting will be open from October 1 to October 15, 2010. The community celebration, “Brooklyn Does Good” takes place on November 3, 2010.

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  • Anonymous

    I nominate Ned. You do-gooder you.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Well, He’d gonna buy Coors with his winnings. Last time I tasted Coors it didn’t taste at all like Coors. It was a sad excuse for a corn, hops and barley beverage. If that is still true then it shows extremely poor judgment in money management.

      The beer I did like years ago is apparently a sign of bad taste today, as it is the favorite of hipsters. But I liked Pabst’s Blue Ribbon back in the seventies.

  • Animo916

    Sorry Ned, but I nominated Steve Barrison. He has been fighting for the rights of community residents and small merchants (City wide) for over 25 years.

    • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

      Why are you apologizing? I’m glad people are making nominations, and I certainly don’t deserve it (and to my knowledge, have not been nominated). I would just drink away the $5,000 anyway. Coors is a recognized charity, right?

      • Animo916

        Possibly, but I have found that after consuming too much Coors, you then need to make other donations of one sort or another….LOL

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          Clever! We need a best comment of the week award.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      I agree wholeheartedly.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    I Nominate Samantha LaSapio for her work with Jamsterdam. Despite being exhausted she tirelessly toils to work on her charity to help those in need.

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