UMA recognizes excellence in organizations that develop innovative, quality ways to approach ministry. Awards are granted both to Older Adult Ministries and to Children, Youth, and Family agencies.

Award winners are determined by committee annually and prior to the Annual Meeting, following an open call for nominations. Awards are presented at UMA’s Annual Meeting, the next of which will be held May 7-8, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida. Dates and forms for the nominations call will be announced via Member News and the UMA website.

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2018 Mission Award

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth

Macon, GA
Hurricane Irma Relief

2018 Best Practice Award

Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Burlington, WV
Student Attendance Assistance Program of Monongalia, WV, WV Board of Education

Copeland Oaks Retirement Community

Sebring, OH
Health and Wellness Life Style Change and the Senior Slimfest

2018 Innovation Award

Asbury Communities

Frederick, MD
"What's Age Got to Do With It" Campaign

Bayview Life Plan Community

Seattle, WA
"AgeUp" Campaign

Chaddock

Quincy, IL
In-Home Intensive Program

2017 Best Practice Awards

Burlington United Methodist Family Services

Burlington, WV
For Its “Right from the Start Program”

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Lebanon, OH
For Its “STNA Training Program”

2017 Innovation Awards

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices

Lebanon, OH
For Its “Be Bold Adventure Group”

2016 Best Practice Awards

Hillcrest Family Services

Dubuque, IA
For Its “Daily Spiritual Experience Survey”

United Methodist communities

Neptune, NJ
For Its “Methodist Heritage Spiritual Pilgrimage”

2016 Innovation Awards

Hillcrest Family Services

Dubuque, IA
For Its ”Mental Health Services in the Emergency Room“

OhioGuidestone

Berea, OH
For Its ”Workforce 360 Developmental Program”

2015 Best Practice Awards

Rainbow Acres

Camp Verde, AZ
For its "Quality Art Program"

The Baby Fold

Normal, IL
For Its “Keeping the Promise” Adoption Program

2015 Innovation Awards

Asbury Communities

Germantown, MD
For Its “Brain Fitness Wave” Program

Ohio Guidestone

Berea, OH
For Its “Step Stone Academy” Charter School

2014 Best Practice Award

Board of Child Care

Baltimore, MD
For Therapeutic Cottage Upgrades for Autistic Residents

2014 Innovation Awards

Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc.

Burlington, WV
For SARAH’s House