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Anonymous Donor Creates the Help Somebody Hall of Fame

Inspired by the story of Thomas Cannon, the Help Somebody Hall of Fame is a platform to honor selfless individuals in our community.

Inspired by the story of Thomas Cannon, the Help Somebody Hall of Fame is a platform to honor selfless individuals in our community. Thomas Cannon worked as a Richmond City postal worker, and throughout his lifetime generously gave away more than $150,000. His donations were made mostly in thousand-dollar checks, showing that small gestures can make a big impact. He gave to people who demonstrated remarkable courage or generosity, or who experienced a challenging time, often reading about them in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  According to a 2005 Richmond Times Dispatch article published shortly after his death, Thomas Cannon did not want to attach his name to any efforts to carry on his philanthropy.  “What he wanted in his honor and memory, he told the Times-Dispatch, was simple: ‘Help Somebody.’”

An anonymous TCF donor was so inspired by Thomas Cannon’s story that he created the Help Somebody Hall of Fame to recognize giving individuals, in addition to donating $1,000 awards to nonprofits in their honor. Nominations are invited from the community at large to recognize a nonprofit staff member, client, volunteer, neighbor.…anyone residing in Greater Richmond who is making a positive difference. Twice a month a new name will be added to the Hall of Fame, and ConnectVA.org will feature their story.

Know a deserving individual you’d like to recognize? We encourage you to share their name and story by completing a simple nomination form and answering three questions:

  1. How does this person demonstrate the spirit of the “Help Somebody Hall of Fame” – acting selflessly to improve the life of someone else?
  2. What is the impact of their generosity?
  3. Is there anything else you want to share about your nominee that makes them unique and/or a model for making a positive difference? (optional)

Access the Nomination form here: http://bit.ly/HelpSomebodyForm

Each quarter, a random drawing will be held and two $1,000 awards will be made to a nonprofit organization, in honor of a nominated outstanding community member (chosen by the nominee). Interested in learning how you can leave a legacy as Thomas Cannon did? The Community Foundation can help! Learn about 5 fulfilling ways to give through TCF.



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