Rochester Hills Recognizes Community Volunteerism and Service

Rochester Hills, Michigan – After four successful years and the recognition of over 45 families within the Families First! initiative, Mayor Bryan Barnett is excited to announce the new expansion of the program, now called Community First, which will honor a broader community base of deserving candidates.

While Families First! recognized outstanding families and individuals, Community First recipients may be individuals, families, local businesses or community organizations who reside, have a place of business or provide services in the city.

“Recognizing that community members are the strength and support that make Rochester Hills an exceptional community, these awards are designed to honor those in our city whose actions unify and inspire others by way of exemplary service and extraordinary acts of volunteerism,” states Mayor Barnett. “They are those who make a notable effort to improve the quality of life of those around them.”

Residents are encouraged to submit nominations to honor those who have performed distinguished and extraordinary acts of volunteerism or community service. The Community First Awards will be selected and presented on a quarterly-basis. The recipients will be honored by receiving a family portrait session, courtesy of David Roberts Photography, as well as several other gift items that have been donated by our generous community sponsors.

For additional information, and to find out how to nominate an individual or group for committee consideration, please visit, or contact the Office of Mayor Bryan K. Barnett at 248-656-4664.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money magazine and, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work, and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.