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The Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) of Nashville is the grand-prize winner of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty's 2006 Samaritan Award, the Institute announced in August. The annual Samaritan Award recognizes outstanding private, voluntary, charitable service, and includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Charities that apply for the award are evaluated for their implementation of Marvin Olasky’s principles of effective compassion, their emphasis on participant outcomes and transformation or change, and their reliance on faith.  Olasky is the author of, among other books, 1992’s The Tragedy of American Compassion and 1997’s Renewing American Compassion:  How Compassion for the Needy Can Turn Ordinary Citizens into Heroes, and a senior fellow of the Acton Institute, which is supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

CWJC works closely with disadvantaged women to enhance basic life skills and prepare them for employment.  In 2006, its Nashville site will have served a total of about 150 women with the help of some 250 volunteer job coaches, instructors, mentors, and child-care providers.  Its Downtown Ministry Center in Nashville offers one-on-one job-skills coaching, computer and General Education Diploma (GED), Bible study, and child care.  Founded in 1997 as a program of the Woman’s Missionary Union, a missionary affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention, CWJC has nearly 200 sites nationwide.

The 2006 Samaritan Award also honors nine other organizations, all of which will also be included in Acton’s Samaritan Guide, its searchable online directory of more than 1,000 effective charities around the country.  All ’06 Samaritan Award honorees are profiled in the September 2, 2006, edition of World magazine, as well.

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