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Norma Joy-Barnes -CCMA

Norma Joy-Barnes -CCMA

Norma Joy Barnes, CEO of the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. (CCMA) and founder of the Priority Male Initiative, was presented the Lifetime Non-Profit Trinity Award at the 2013 Trinity Awards Ceremony held on August 18, 2013 at The Historic Academy of Medicine. The Nonprofit Trinity Awards, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that recognizes and honors small nonprofit organizations and local neighborhood individual volunteers for the exceptional contributions that they have made within their local community. Barnes has over 40 years of volunteer service that began during her college days and continues today. In 1975, she was selected as the National Volunteer of the Year by Joint Action in Community Service, Inc. A retired federal mediator, Barnes now works, without pay, to help at-risk youth and young black males live more productive lives through the life enhancing programs provided by CCMA.

During the awards ceremony, Barnes opened her acceptance speech with a quote of Bernard Shaw, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. ” According to Barnes, this statement exemplifies the spirit of the Non- Profit Trinity Awards finalists and the ten award recipients, who have devoted their lives to serving their communities. Barnes concluded by saying “I have always believed that it takes a village to raise a child, but I now know that a ‘child of God’ can help raise a village”. She challenged ceremony attendees to do all that they can to raise the villages of at-risk youth, young inner city males, and countless others, who are in need of support.

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