Do you know someone in High Point who goes out of their way to help others?  Who works hard to give back to the community? Who is a terrific person who cares about fellow human beings and goes out of their way to demonstrate that?

In short, do you know a true humanitarian who stands above others.

Well, the High Point Human Relations Commission wants to know; it has just begun accepting nominations for its annual “Humanitarian of the Year Award.”

Nominations for the Human Relations Commission Humanitarian of the Year Award are evaluated by the commission based on the person’s:

  • past contributions and efforts that benefited traditionally underrepresented individuals and diverse groups,
  • promotion of equity through his or her work with an employer, faith-based institution, civic groups and/or community organizations,
  • commitment to promoting understanding, respect, equity and goodwill among all citizens.

The term “Humanitarian” is defined in one dictionary as “having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people,” but the High Point award usually focuses on those who specifically help the disenfranchised and underrepresented members of society.

The annual award got its start in 1982, and some past winners have been: Manilla Dean (2013) for her work at West End Ministries; Charles M. “Fly” McClendon (2012) for many things such as High Point jail ministry, working with Ward Street Missions and holding Bible studies for substance abusers; Dr. Michael B. Hussey and Betsy Leach (2011) for their selfless service providing medical assistance to the community; and Terry Aiken (2008) for his involvement with Family Services, Kids Voting and the National Conference for Community and Justice.

Nominations can be made at or submitted in person at the Human Relations office in the High Point City Hall at  211 S. Hamilton St. in room 205.

The nominations must be received by Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The award will be presented during the City’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.