2019 Carol D. Reiser Youth Service Award

Celebrating excellence in youth community engagement throughout Metro Atlanta

***The application period for 2019 is now closed. Please check back soon for information on this year's winner, and make a note to revisit this page prior to September 2020 for information about next year's application cycle. ***


    The Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta (CVC) is excited to announce the establishment of the Carol D. Reiser Youth Service Award, named in loving memory of CVC co-founder and past president, Carol Reiser. Reiser enjoyed a long career with Rich’s/Macy’s and established the company's innovative “Partners in Time” volunteer program, which is still active today. 

    The Youth Service Award recognizes and celebrates extraordinary youth volunteerism and community engagement. In doing so, CVC honors Carol Reiser’s visionary legacy by instilling the spirit of community and purpose to inspire the next generation of service-oriented leaders.


  • Winners will be awarded with a $500 personal stipend and a $1,500 donation in their name to the valid 501c3 nonprofit or accredited school of their choice. 
    Note:If a group is selected as the winner, the group members will split the $500 personal stipend and decide as a group on the charity which will receive the $1500 donation. 
  • Winners will be recognized onstage with a check presentation ceremony at the CVC’s annual Holiday Luncheon the first week of December. 
  • Winners will also be recognized at next year's CVC IMPACT Awards (fall of 2020.) 
  • Winners will also be featured on CVC's social media, website, and other publications. 


  • School-aged youth (individuals or groups) ages 6 - 18 living in or attending school in the 13-county Metro Atlanta area (Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding or Rockdale.)
  • Applicants must have displayed extraordinary service to their community through unpaid acts of service benefiting others.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate clear impact on a community through their service and/or community engagement efforts. 
  • All or part of the service must have been completed within the last 12 months (service can be ongoing.)

Deadline: Applications for 2019 are now closed. Please check back fall 2020 for information on the upcoming award cycle.

Note: If you do not have reliable Internet access and are unable to submit an online application, you may submit a manual application.

Contact Cheryl Kortemeier for details at 404-889-5112.


Before the Carol D. Reiser Youth Service Award was established, the CVC presented an annual children's book award called the Carol D. Reiser Children's Book Award. This award has been discontinued. Please see below for an overview of our past winners, and please support these wonderful authors by purchasing their books!

Congratulations to the 2016 Carol D. Reiser Children's Book Award Recipient:

Can We Help? Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities
by George Ancona

In the book, George Ancona celebrates the joy of kids giving back. In one after-school program, middle-school students mentor and tutor younger children. Via a special partnership, schoolchildren help professionals train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. At a community farm, families plant, grow, and harvest produce for soup kitchens and charities. In these and other examples of volunteering, kids of all ages work together knitting hats and scarves for those who could use warm clothes, packing hot meals to deliver to housebound people, and keeping roadways clean. Young humanitarians reading these accounts may well be inspired to find ways that they can help, too.

About the Carol D. Reiser Children’s Book Award

The Carol D. Reiser Children’s Book Award is given annually to the children’s book or books published the preceding year that most effectively inspires community service and volunteerism in children. This award was established by the  Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta, where Carol was co-founder and past president, and is a living tribute to Carol Reiser’s lifelong commitment to community. Judges are national level experts in children’s literature and in volunteerism.

Award Eligibility

Designated by its publisher as being a children’s book (K – 5th grade)
Work of fiction, poetry, folklore, non-fiction or anthology
Published in the U.S.A.
Self-contained, not dependent on other media for its meaning
Hardback or paper back and of any length


Each year, the award is recognized at a CVC signature event, on the CVC website and via social media.  Special recognition and PR events may be coordinated each year based on the theme of the book.


A panel of judges will include literary and community affairs experts from across the United States. All decisions of the judging panel are final.

Past Winners

2015    Katie's Cabbage by Katie Stagliano

2014    One Voice by Cindy McKinley

2013    House on Dirty-Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger

2012    Do Something!  A Handbook for Young Activists by Nancy Lublin, Vanessa Martir and Julia Steers

2010    Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

2009     Grow:  A Novel in Verse by Juanita Havill

2008     Reach Out and Give by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.

2007     Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa that Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller

2006     Mother Teresa by Demi and Makeovers by Marcia by Claudia Mills

2005     The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin

2004     Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

2003     Anna Casey’s Place in the World by Adrian Fogelin


The CVC of Atlanta will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 award soon. To submit a nomination, simply complete our official nomination form and mail 6 copies of the book to CVC of Atlanta, Attn: Cheryl Kortemeier, 1100 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2800, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Questions?  Contact CVC Executive Director, Cheryl Kortemeier.

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