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You Can Vote for One Local Nonprofit to Win the $50,000 Wawa Foundation Hero Award

The winning organization will receive a $50,000 grant courtesy of the Wawa Foundation and the three runners-up will each receive a $10,000 grant

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What to Know

  • The Wawa Foundation is giving a $50,000 grant to one local non-profit organization.
  • You can help choose the winner by voting before June 29.
  • The winner will be announced on July 4 as part of Wawa Welcome America 2021.

The Wawa Foundation is giving $50,000 to a local non-profit organization, and you can help decide the winner by voting before June 29.

The fifth annual Wawa Foundation Hero Award is down to four finalists. The winning organization will receive a $50,000 grant courtesy of The Wawa Foundation and the three runners up will each receive a $10,000 grant.

The winner will be announced on July 4 at Independence Hall as part of Wawa Welcome America.

Take a look at the finalists in consideration for this year's award, and then cast your vote here. (Finalists listed in alphabetical order):

Able Body Christian Men

ABC Men is one of four organizations in the running as a finalist for the Wawa Foundation Hero Award. NBC10's Lucy Bustamante gets the scoop on the good work ABC Men is doing from co-founder Johnetta Wleh.

ABC Men, Inc. serves the community by helping seniors, people with disabilities and youth in need. The group supports underserved communities through free snow removal, clothes and food distribution, transportation to medical appointments and more.

Garces Foundation

Philadelphia restaurateur Jose Garces speaks to NBC10's Tracy Davidson about the mission of the Garces Foundation. The nonprofit hopes to win the Wawa Foundation Hero Award's $50,000 grant.

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The Garces Foundation helps South Philadelphia's underserved immigrant community access healthcare and education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group established a food pantry to serve Philadelphians, with an emphasis on low-income immigrants affected by the economic disruptions.

Philadelphia Police Athletic League

Philadelphia Police Capt. Krista Dahl-Campbell tells NBC10's Lucy Bustamante all about the Police Athletic League's mission of helping children and what the Wawa Foundation Hero Award would mean to PAL.

The Police Athletic League is committed to serving youth, reducing crime, promoting character development and improving educational outcomes in Philadelphia. Police officers and other volunteers offer sports and other programs to youth in Police Athletic League centers in some of Philadelphia's highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods.

The Veterans Group

Philadelphia Eagles icon Vince Papale talks to NBC10's Rosemary Connors about the work the Veterans Group is doing to shelter, feed and support American heroes. The Veterans Group is up for the Wawa Foundation Hero Award.

The Veterans Group is a homeless facility serving veterans in the Philadelphia area, with an emphasis on those whose service resulted in mental or physical health issues. The group offers lodging, three nutritional meals each day, assistance with finding a job and assistance with obtaining DL214, which is required for gaining medical benefits.

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