Awards Details

Miners Give Back Award
Award Description
The first Miners Give Back (MGB) project took place on February 26, 2010, when 25 men and women gathered to help Arizona teachers. After a very busy afternoon, the volunteers had created hundreds of needed items for Arizona classrooms. In 2011, 61 persons from the mining industry gathered to help the Food Bank of the Rockies. The volunteers packed meals for more than 4,000 people during their day at the food bank. In 2012, 21 volunteers spent part of a day working at the Food Lifeline of Seattle, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in western Washington. In all, their volunteer work produced more than 2,900 meals for the needy in Washington. In 2015, the MGB program began a three-year partnership with Engineers without Borders (EWB) to leverage EWB’s global network of on-the-ground engineers in developing countries that implement multiple projects to address the needs identified by a community. EWB’s mission complimented that of MGB’s: to support world-wide initiatives focused on humanitarian efforts that tangibly improved the lives of individuals and inspired a commitment to give back to the local community. The newest Miners Give Back initiative is intended to increase the level of participation by the SME Sections in humanitarian efforts and community service and provide rewards/recognition each year for the outstanding project(s). For multiple projects, please submit an application for each project.
In order to begin the nomination, please download the MGB Section Name and ID worksheet (found on the award details page) to identify the Section that you are nominating. You will need the ID number in order to begin the nomination process. If you have questions about getting started, please email for help.
Miners Give Back Award Conditions for Nomination:
This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an SME Section for their accomplishments in community service and humanitarian outreach by members of the mining/mineral community to serve the mission of Miners Give Back.
The selection of the SME Foundation Miners Give Back Award recipient Section is based on the following criteria:
• Application completeness and overall quality.
• Community engagement and long-term impact.
• Project safety plan.
• Section member volunteer involvement (as a percent of Section membership.)
• Person total volunteer hours.

Documentation Information

To submit additional documentation for an existing nomination, please use the Miners Give Back droplink.

Additional Information
Nomination for this award is currently closed.


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