ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 19, 2016)—Orange County Department on Aging and the Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP) will host the second annual SHARP Awards.

Nominations will be accepted from February 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016. A recognition ceremony will be held for award winners in May 2016.

This event is in honor of Direct Care Workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc.) who affect their clients’ lives on a daily basis and make a difference in the Orange County community.

“It was a very powerful event last year, watching the awardees’ surprise and excitement as they were celebrated for their care and compassion,” said Heather Altman, SHARP Committee chair. “The awardees are amazing individuals who are not used to being publicly recognized for the truly inspirational work they do each and every day for our most vulnerable community members.”

In recognition of the outstanding service provided by direct care workers, the Department on Aging and SHARP will present awards in the following categories: Client Impact, Longevity, Leadership, Going the Extra Mile, and Rising Star. One person will be chosen as the “Direct Care Worker of the Year.”

To be eligible, direct care workers must have served clients in Orange County within the past year. Each person may be nominated in two categories. Nominees must have provided direct care to clients and have at least six consecutive months of service in the past year.

For more information about the awards and to nominate a direct care worker, please complete the online nomination form at: