Since 1963, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has presented Humanitarian Awards annually to one or more persons. The Humanitarian Awards Dinners honor individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. On occasion, local corporations or organizations are also recognized with the Distinguished Merit Citation Award for their efforts in making Virginia’s communities more inclusive. Nominations are accepted throughout the year for these awards.
In addition to honoring outstanding community members, the Humanitarian Awards Dinners also serve as a platform and showcase for the mission and programs of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.