Nominate a deserving volunteer for Unity House’s Atkins Award

Seeking nominations for the 14th annual Fred Atkins Community Service Award

Nominations are still being accepted until February 15 for the 14th annual Fred Atkins Community Service Award. This award is given by Unity House each spring in memory of Frederick J. Atkins, a beloved Cayuga County volunteer who passed away in 2009 at the age of 95.

The Atkins Award recognizes an outstanding individual who volunteers in Cayuga County and exemplifies Fred’s high moral standards and philanthropic spirit. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, and $500 to donate to a Cayuga County non-profit of their choice.

The award will be presented at Unity House’s annual dinner on Monday, April 29. The public is warmly invited to attend this event!

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 15.

Learn more and find the nomination form here or call 315-253-6227 ext. 313, or email

Frederick J. Atkins was a beloved Cayuga County volunteer and 30-year Unity House board member. Fred passed away in 2009 at the age of 95, but not before he touched the lives and hearts of many in our community. Fred was an exemplary community servant who gave selflessly of his time and considerable accounting expertise.

The Frederick J. Atkins Community Service Fund was launched with gifts made to Unity House upon Fred’s passing in March 2009. With donations from the Atkins family and community members, Unity House maintains the fund to provide an annual cash award of $1,000 for the award recipient. Want to support exceptional volunteerism? Donate here.