What a great way to give back to the community, it's the return of Ulster Savings Mid-Hudson Heros contest.

It started only a few short years ago but the contest has already donated tens of thousands of dollars to local charities throughout the Hudson Valley.

The contest enables the public to nominate and vote for their favorite local non-profit organization to win a donation of $3,000 (1st place winner), $1,500 (2nd place winner) or $500 (3rd place winner) from Ulster Savings Bank. Also new this year nominees that not declared winners but do receive 300 votes or more will be automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card from Ulster Savings Bank.

The nominees have been selected but now they need your help to win the big prize. Head over to the official website now and vote for your favorite non-profit. Voting is open now through March 11th. You can vote once every 24-hours. The winner will be announced March 14th.