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Sherwood Smith Awards

About the Sherwood H. Smith Children’s Champion Awards


Established in 2008 by Sherwood H. Smith Jr., the Sherwood H. Smith Children’s Champion Awards recognize two individuals each year for their exemplary work in improving the lives of children in Northeast Florida. One award is bestowed for service and one for advocacy. Each winner receives a framed award certificate and a check for $1,000 to do with as they wish. The awards are named for the late Sherwood H. Smith Sr., a community trustee and an advocate for the common good. Smith Sr. embodied a spirit of service. As one of the foremost leaders of our predecessor, the Jacksonville Community Chest, Smith Sr.’s legacy of leadership and continue to be integral to United Way’s success in changing lives in our community.



Award Categories


Service: An individual who has demonstrated exemplary service in working directly with children and youth.


Advocacy: A community advocate whose efforts have resulted in positive change in policies or conditions that impact the well-being of children and youth in Northeast Florida.



Nomination forms are available to United Way certified agencies and to our partners working to improve the lives of young people in our community. A selection committee will review the nominations and select a deserving recipient in each category.



Thank you for your interest in submitting a nomination. Nominations are now closed.

Sherwood Smith Award Recipeints


2017 • Judy Hicks, Daniel Memorial Volunteer

2016 • Joseph Simmons III, Boy Scouts Volunteer

2015 • Vickie Robinson, ReadingPal Volunteer

2014 • Juanita Forman, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville

2013 • Ernest Wade, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida

2012 • Amy Buggle, DLC Nurse & Learn

2011 • D. Parker, Children’s Home Society

2010 • Gene Dillard, Boys Scouts of America, North Florida Council

2009 • Leon Baxton, Communities in Schools


2017 • Rebecca Aleman, Catholic Charities Jacksonville

2016 • Susan Mankowski, Jacksonville Public Library

2015 • Renata Hannans, Communities in Schools

2014 • Susan Golden, YMCA Tiger Academy

2013 • Chris Lester, Community Volunteer

2012 • Susan Greene, Success by 6 Volunteer

2011 • Vicki Burke, PACE Center for Girls

2010 • Susan Main, The Early Learning Coalition

2009 • Nancy Dreicer, Department of Children and Families