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Patriots seek nominees for Community MVP Award

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots are currently accepting nominations for the 2009 Community MVP Awards program. The Community MVP Awards honor individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving the communities in which they live through volunteerism. Through the program, non-profit organizations throughout New England have the opportunity to reward their hard-working volunteers for the invaluable time and support they provide to their communities.

Twenty-one winners will be chosen and grants ranging between $1,500 and $10,000 will be awarded to the non-profit organization for which each honoree volunteers. Additionally, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will reward the top six organizations with visits to their headquarters throughout the summer. In 2008, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation donated more than $50,000 to local organizations. School on Wheels of Massachusetts, an organization that provides academic support services to children experiencing homelessness located in Brockton, Mass., received $10,000 in the name of Cheryl Opper, the 2008 overall winner.

New England residents who are 13 years of age or older who provide volunteer services for non-profit 501(c)(3) or 509 organizations are eligible for nomination. Only one nominee may be considered from each organization. The strongest applicants will be hands-on volunteers and may not receive any compensation - monetary or otherwise - for their efforts.

Non-profit organizations may nominate volunteers by completing the application found at www.patriots.com/community. Forms must be received by March 20, 2009.

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