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South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Miami, FL

The staff at South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center deserve recognition for the great care they show to the residents...


Toy Rescue Mission in Tacoma, WA

Santa's most valuable gifts aren't always the ones delivered by Rudolph and slipped down the chimney. Sometimes, it's a hardworking...


Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Mashantucket, CT

When tragedy struck the Indian and Colonial Research Center, the museum's managers knew exactly who they could turn to for...


Roseland Collegiate Prep in Santa Rosa, CA

When Sonoma County burned in the wildfires of 2017, the community scrambled to help those most affected help get back...


Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Library, OH

All are welcome at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch -- and the focus is on...


Orting, WA

Under the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Orting shines when it comes to kindness, especially toward some of its most vulnerable...


Logan Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, PA

The library is open to all, no matter who you are or where you come from, you'll find a community....


FINALIST: North Evergreen Street in Burbank, CA

In this tiny enclave in one of the world's largest cities, a Facebook group of all things has helped create...

Ketchikan, AK

Alaska is called the last frontier for a reason, and, located on a small island in the Tongass National Forest...


LARK Toys in Kellogg, MN

Like a toy store out of a storybook, LARK Toys offers a fantastical escape for the local community, as well...


St. Cloud, MN

To ensure that the wellbeing of all St. Cloud residents, the town takes a strategic and organized approach to "Minnesota...


Preston, MN

Midwesterners are so nice their reputation usually precedes them, and here in the trout capital of Minnesota, there's certainly no...


FINALIST: Mower County, MN

In Austin, kindness isn't just something you do in your spare time -- the town has formed a committee to...


FINALIST: Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD

The Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore is more than a library these days. It's a social worker, it's legal...


Whitefish, MT

Whitefish has had it's fair share of trouble, but it's a community that helps its residents you get back on...


Lafayette-West Lafayette Breweries in Lafayette, IN

The craft brew scene in Lafayette has exploded in recent years, but more competition just means more friends in this...

Littleton, NH

Home to author Eleanor Porter, this town is full of cheery residents who embody the spirit of Pollyanna. Littleton residents...


Wilkes Barre General Hospital Mountaintop Campus Satellite in Mountaintop, PA

This medical testing facility makes patients feel comfortable with all aspects of their stay. And the town of Mountaintop makes...


First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlisle, PA

First Evangelical Lutheran is full of charity and goodwill. Each month members make and sew together quilt toppers to donate...


VA Austin Outpatient Clinic in Austin, TX

Veterans make enormous sacrifices for their country, but rarely receive reciprocal care and concern in return. At the VA Austin...


Le Roy, NY

When a massive wind storm knocked out Le Roy's power, neighbors with generators took care of those without, and local...

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1198 Seaward St. in San Luis Obispo, CA

Family and faith are first in this household. Now that we've gotten that established, pass the pancakes and bacon!


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Buffalo, NY

Buffalo is a place where people help each other out. Case in point: Folks from all over the city recently...


Peeples Valley, AZ

Peeples Valley is so wonderful because of, well, the people. Neighbors look out for neighbors, and on occasions when the...


FINALIST: Life Moves Yoga in Killeen, TX

A mecca of mindfulness and peace, a yoga studio as one of the Nicest Places in America requires no stretch...


Saint Paul, MN

Sure, the weather might be cold, but their shoulders? Never. Saint Paul residents are always there to help, come hell...


Vermont Flower Farm in Marshfield, VT

The Vermont Flower Farm isn't merely a place to buy beautiful stems -- it's also a place of healing for...