Sister Susan Welsh Good Neighbor Award

Susan Welsh RSM
Sister Susan Welsh, RSM (Photo by Don Scandinaro Photography)

Nomination Deadline Extended to May 13, 2022

The Sister Susan Welsh Good Neighbor Award recognizes a resident of the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland who exemplifies the ideals of a “good neighbor” – a person who is compassionate, friendly, and helpful; a willing volunteer; an organizer of neighborhood events; and devotes time, talents and resources to make their neighborhood a better place to live. The award is named in honor of Sister Susan Welsh, RSM, former president and CEO of Pittsburgh Mercy, a founding board member, and a current board member of the McAuley Ministries Foundation.  The recipient of the Good Neighbor Award will receive $5,000.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The nominee must have a proven track record of devoting his or her time, talents, and resources to make their neighborhood a better place to live.
  • The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual resident who is working at the grassroots level to make a positive difference for his /her/ their neighbors and community, beyond their day-to-day work responsibilities. The award is not intended for businesses or organizations.
  • Pittsburgh Mercy, Bethlehem Haven, and McAuley Ministries board and staff members are ineligible for the award and are not permitted to nominate family members.
  • Presidents, CEOs, and executive directors of community-based organizations are ineligible for the award and are not permitted to nominate family members.
  • The Sister Susan Welsh Good Neighbor Award and a cash prize will be awarded on an annual basis during the month of June. Any tax liabilities associated with the award must be assessed and borne by the award recipient.
  • McAuley Ministries Foundation reserves the right to refuse entries that do not meet the eligibility criteria and nomination instructions. Entrants giving false or misleading information will be excluded or the award forfeited (if known post award).

How to enter:

  • The letter of nomination should not exceed three pages:
    1. Please describe your relationship to the nominee. Include the personal knowledge that you have of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
    2. Using specific examples, describe how the nominee has had a positive impact on his/her/their neighbors and community. Describe any actions this person has taken that go above and beyond his/ her/their work responsibilities and other efforts in the community.
    3. Include at least one additional support letter from a member of the community.
  • Nominations for residents under the age of 18 must include documentation of parental approval (on the attached nomination form).
  • The nomination must include the attached form.

Please note that we recommend not disclosing the nomination to the resident until he/she/they is selected.  During the notification process, the awardee has the choice to accept or decline the award.


Sister Susan Welsh Good Neighbor Award Recipients

2021    Ms. Ann Adams Simms

2020   Mr. Christopher R. Roach, Jr.

2019   Ms. Edna Council


Nomination Criteria 2022