Our last six Eleven Who Care nominees are helping people in two ways - with a giving spirit and a lot of hard work. First up: Dan Fritts. He spends his summers directing Camp Eagle Ridge, a place for kids to build their character and leadership through fun activities.
"It gives these kids an opportunity to experience things they have perhaps not experienced before," he says.
Helping others is a labor of love for our next volunteer - Sandy Johnson. She dons her pink gloves and helps to build over 100 ramps per year for people in need through Central United Methodist Church's ramp ministry.
"It's called a serving heart. God has put me in these places," Johnson says.
Johnson also tutors students for the GED program, volunteers at the Riley Center and cooks food for seniors.
Our August nominee spends her time helping a younger crowd. Lisa Smiley puts a smile on the face of everyone in the infant room of Highland Baptist's Child Development Center. She's come to be known as the Meridian nana.
"A lot of them don't have family in Meridian, and so I'm just their nana," Smiley says.
Michelle Maxey joins the team next. Her teenage son with special needs inspired her to help other kids like him through baseball. Diamond Dreams provides an outlet for 62 special needs kids across multiple counties.
"They're just giddy over getting to play," she says. "That's cool stuff."
The next to become part of our 11 Who Care, isn't just one person. It's a group of over 1,000 at Meridian Community College.
"Students will really impress you if you give them the opportunity to do so," MCC director of campus life Marie Roberts says.
The students join faculty and staff each year to give back to the community in a variety of ways - donating their time at 70 different locations including homeless shelters, schools, parks and different charities.
The final member of our 2016 group: Gary Turbville.
"I love people in general," he says. "I don't meet a stranger. I just love people."
Turbville takes trash and makes it into treasure. Over 20 years ago, he created the Cans for Kids organization, where he takes aluminum cans and uses the money to help children in need have a normal life.
Through hard work and love, all 11 of our nominees are helping their community to shine a little brighter.