RICHFIELD — The city of Richfield is one of 19 finalists for the Joining Forces Community Challenge.

Joining Forces is a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. Launched by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in April 2011, Joining Forces recognizes those citizens and organizations that have demonstrated a genuine and deep desire to be of service to military families.

The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, schools, nonprofits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned.    

Finalists are currently profiled on where the public has the opportunity to vote for their favorite — the People’s Choice winner. Public voting and additional judging will take place until March 16. The public can vote by going to and selecting their favorite finalist. 

The White House will announce a winner on March 31.