“It’s not how much we
give, but how much love
we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

2015 Caring Award Winners

International Caring Award Winner

Clinton Pope Francis
Preaching the Gospel of Caring
When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became pope, he chose to be called after Francis of Assisi. The thirteenth-century saint was a man of poverty who loved all of creation. The first pope from the developing world has followed in his path by speaking out for peace and justice worldwide. Pope Francis has expressed a new view of Catholic gay rights, apologized for the Church’s mistreatment of Native Americans, and pleaded for action on climate change, which he says affects the poor most. His moral vision of a “poor church, for the poor” inspires his impassioned critique of unfettered profits and demand that governments redistribute social benefits to the needy. This focus on poverty stems from his belief that sacrificing for the poor is the heart of the gospel, as St. Francis once preached.
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Adult Caring Award Winners

Jim Langevin
Overcoming Obstacles, Opening Opportunities
Congressman Langevin urges people to overcome obstacles to make society better. He did after a bullet put him in a wheelchair at age 16. In Congress, he has advanced laws to make our nation safer, expand health care, and allow others to have the opportunities he’s enjoyed. As a spokesman for the disabled, he has worked to defend the ADA and give people the right to receive the care they need at home.
Clinton Noah Levinson
Saving Lives on the Streets
The sights Noah saw as a volunteer for Mother Teresa in Calcutta after high school led him to found Calcutta Kids. He was distressed to watch people die of curable diseases, so he started a mobile clinic that drives around Calcutta providing medical treatment to street children. Realizing their illnesses were the product of poor immune systems and malnutrition, he also launched an initiative to provide pregnant women with nutrition, counseling, and checkups. Noah is evidence-based in all he does and this shows in the results: rising infant survival rates, falling malnutrition rates, and many saved lives in the area he serves.

Clinton Gloria Lewis
Treating the Homeless like Family
Each Sunday, Gloria feeds Fort Lauderdale’s homeless as part of her mission, CARE IN ACTION USA. Gloria came to the United States in 1987 from Bridgetown, Barbados, where she was one of six children born to hardworking parents who labored in sugarcane fields. In the past three years, she and her husband have served 18,000 meals out of the back of their 1991Honda. Lewis, who works a waitress, buys the food, cooks it in her kitchen, and scrimps so the homeless can eat. She does it because she looks on the homeless like family.

Jorge Muñoz
Bringing a Bit of Heaven to Queens
Jorge drives a school bus by day but seems to sprout wings at night when he feeds homeless and unemployed people who wait for him beneath the train tracks on a dark corner in New York. The Angel in Queens uses his own money to buy food and his free time to cook it. Every night, he gets in his pick-up truck and drives to Queens, where he has provided nearly 100,000 meals.
Clinton Dikembe Mutombo
Caring in the Congo
The former NBA star, and native of the Congo, has given his homeland the ultimate assist through the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. He has fulfilled his childhood dream of helping others by providing the Congo with medical supplies, boosting polio vaccinations, and joining the Starkey Hearing Foundation in fitting thousands with hearing aids. Best of all, he donated $15 million to open the Biamba Maria Mutombo Hospital, named for his mom.

Young Adult Caring Award Winners

Clinton Michael Bervell
Age 17, Washington
Michael and his volunteers at Hugs for Ghana have collected $75,000 in toys, school supplies, and donations for underprivileged children in Ghana. His local effort, Helping U Grow, also provides young people with chances to tutor at elementary schools, write notes to hospitalized children, and give concerts at retirement homes.
Clinton Lulu Cerone
Age 16, California
Lulu throws philanthro-parties that have raised $80,000 for schools and clean water projects in Africa. By sharing her ideas online, she inspires kids to be LemonAID Warriors who hold social gatherings like pizza parties that raise dough for hospitals and Halloween parties where guests treat homeless kids to clothes they no longer wear.
Clinton Emilee Hamilton
Age 18, Utah
Emilee’s love for the aged inspired her to found Utah YOUth Connect, which brings seniors and middle school students together. She has raised nearly $9,000 to get 16,000 students, kindergarten through 12 grade, involved in visiting retirement homes and showing seniors that someone really cares. Her volunteers engage seniors in watching videos, singing, and sharing stories.
Clinton Lillian Pravda
Age 14, New York
Lillian shows her sense of vision by giving needy children the gift of sight. As founder of Vision For and From Children, she has enlisted volunteer doctors and provided eye surgery for 25,210 children in the developing world. She also flies medical equipment to poorer countries or pays for children to come here for operations.
Haile Thomas
Age 14, Arizona
Haile Thomas helps young people learn to cook and eat better. She has given them a taste for healthy eating by hosting an online cooking show and doing cooking demonstrations. She also raised $7,000 to found HAPPY Organization, where she offers cooking classes, nutrition education, and physical activities to underprivileged kids.

Nomination Guidelines

What qualities and accomplishments are you looking for in Caring Award candidates?

Successful candidates are role models with an extraordinary sense of public service. They can come from any walk of life but all share a deep and selfless concern for others. Like previous winners, they have a long-term commitment to social improvement, whether in the community, nation, or world. Ideally, they have founded an organization designed to serve others and also made an impact that will last their lifetime and beyond.

What are the guidelines to be eligible for a young adult Caring Award?

Young adults must be nominated before their graduation from high school or eighteenth birthday. They are not eligible for the award and the $2,000 scholarship that goes with it once they are enrolled at a junior college, college, or university.

How do I nominate someone for a Caring Award?

Simply complete a nomination form and submit it, along with a written summary explaining why you think your nominee should be recognized. Include the names and phone numbers of contacts who are familiar with your nominee’s endeavors. For young adults, state their birth date, school, and grade. We encourage you to support your nomination with two letters of recommendation, including one from an educator if the nominee is a young adult. If possible, also includenewspaper clips, magazine articles, and other information that shows why they might deserve this prestigious honor.

When can I nominate someone for a Caring Award?

Nominations for adults and young adults are accepted year round. But we will consider nominees for the following year if their nominations arrive after the deadline announced each year on the Caring Institute home page. Please note that we must receive nominations for high school seniors before their date of graduation.

What is the National Caring Awards nomination process?

We give careful consideration to every nomination we receive. After reviewing the nomination materials, our staff and volunteers conduct interviews and perform further research. The best candidates are evaluated by our directors, who consider both diversity and depth of service as they further narrow the pool. Based on their input, we prepare two ballots – one for adults, another for young adults – then distribute them for a vote to our trustees and former Caring Award winners. The finalists must confirm that they can be present to accept the award at our official ceremony and attend the celebration events. If not, they’ll be scheduled to receive their award at the next available opportunity, and another finalist may be chosen to fill their slot. The remaining finalists need not give up since they can be considered again on future ballots.

How do we honor Caring Award winners?

We fly winners to a special awards ceremony, where they attend a VIP reception and a gala celebration of their achievements. As a souvenir of this special day, they receive a certificate with a picture of Mother Teresa and the exquisite statue of a crystal angel who stands for the divine spirit of caring. Each winner also has this spirit within, as we show when we feature their profiles in our award-winning magazine CARING. And we continue to honor their contributions by inducting them into the Caring Hall of Fame, where visitors can see their photos and read their stories for many years to come