Last summer, we honored an animal welfare organization that’s been serving St. Louis for 90 years, as well as a haven for young moms who want to establish a stable family environment for their children. We also introduced you to a new group that uses the power of music to help victims of sexual violence heal. These were some of the top winners of LN’s Charity Awards for 2013.

We’ve begun gathering nominees for recognition this year, and I would like to personally invite you to submit a nomination for your favorite charity or nonprofit. Have you spent many years volunteering for an agency that meets that needs of the neediest among us? Maybe you’ve served on the board or as an advocate for a cause that you truly believe in.

This is the final weekend to nominate a deserving organization to be considered for the 2014 Charity Awards. With the assistance of an advisory panel from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, nine finalists, including three winners, will be announced in mid-June. To download a nomination form, visit