Volunteer Citizen of Year award nominations sought
CAPITAL REGION Nominations are being sought for an award that will provide recognition and a cash reward to one or more local volunteers.
Co-sponsored by The Gazette and Direct Energy, the first-ever Capital Region Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program is open to all residents of communities in The Gazette’s coverage area.
A single volunteer or a volunteer group can be nominated to win the award, which consists of a $1,000 cash prize and commemorative gift, and a $5,000 cash grant to a 501-C3-accredited organization of choice.
“We want to give back to the unsung heroes that make our city a great place, so we are thrilled to partner with Direct Energy on an initiative that helps us to do so. It is our hope that our readers will participate by nominating somebody in their life that truly exemplifies selflessness,” The Gazette’s general manager, Daniel Beck, said in a news release.
Individuals can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another person or group.
In no more than 750 words, typewritten nominations should describe the specific contributions the volunteer or group of volunteers has made to the community. The nomination must also include a profile of the organization nominated for the $5,000 grant, along with information about how the money would be used.
Nominations, which must be submitted to Direct Energy, are being accepted through April 14.
A selection committee from Direct Energy and The Gazette will review the submissions. The results will be announced in late April.
Complete rules, the official nomination form and further information is available online at: http://www.directenergy.com/vcoy-capitalregion or by calling Julie Hendry at 412-925-6773.
First introduced in Alberta, Canada, in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program has been honoring volunteerism for eight years. Four years ago, Direct Energy expanded the award program to the United States.