Call for Nominations for Spirit of the Vineyard Award


Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is seeking nominations for the Spirit of the Vineyard Award. This award, given annually, honors those who have served with one or more nonprofit organizations on the Island, and whose work has made a difference to individuals and to the community as a whole. The criteria for selection include selflessness, the range and depth of service performed, the length of volunteer service and the effect on the quality of life of the individuals who received help and for the Island community as a whole, according to a press release.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is a free, community-supported program whose mission is to meet the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of all who are facing advanced illness and loss, and to give them hope, comfort, and compassion. “Like many other organizations on the Island, Hospice relies on its dedicated volunteers,” said Hospice board member Polly Brown. “We appreciate them, and we appreciate the work of volunteers for other organizations. Such caring, neighborly assistance enriches the lives of us all.”

Past recipients are Jack Ware, Estelle Surprenant, Ron Rappaport, the Possible Dreams Auction Committees past and present, Nellie Mendenhall, Kerry Alley, Dorothy Bangs, Judy Williamson, the M.V. Harley Riders, Polly Brown, Melinda Loberg, Denys and Marilyn Wortman, Emily Bramhall, and Greg Orcutt.

Nominations are due by Oct. 10, and can be emailed to or sent to Spirit of the Vineyard, P.O. Box 1356, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.