ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 4, 2018) – Comptroller Peter Franchot announced today that his office is once again accepting nominations for the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, October 1. Comptroller Franchot will present the award to each recipient, beginning later this year.

Established in 2012, the award honors the unparalleled legacy of public service left by former Mayor, Governor and Comptroller Schaefer and is presented in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City to individuals and organizations with an unwavering commitment to helping people.

LEAP Forward Inc. received the 2017 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Calvert County.

“Every day, Marylanders across the state sacrifice their own time to aid at-risk populations or to better their communities,” said Comptroller Franchot. “They don’t seek recognition, but it is the least we can do to honor their selfless contributions. For me, handing out these awards and hearing about their achievements is one of the highlights of my year.”

Award recipients will be selected on their demonstration of:

  • Improving the community;
  • Promptly responding to a citizen problem through effective government intervention;
  • Directly aiding our most vulnerable populations; or,
  • Establishing a public/private partnership to improve the lives of fellow Marylanders.

Nominations submitted in previous years but not selected should be resent. To submit your nomination, print out and complete this form and either fax it to 410-974-2045 or attach it as a pdf file and email it to For more information or for questions about the award, call 410-260-7300.