FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2012) – It’s time to honor those groups and individuals who have served their fellow Kentuckians in an exceptional manner during the past year. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service.
“There are many Kentuckians who serve every day, every month, or every year through faith-based organizations and as volunteers for community groups, addressing a variety of unmet critical needs,” Governor Steve Beshear said. “These individuals deserve our sincere admiration and gratitude.”
To honor these individuals, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service.
This is the 17th year for the annual volunteer awards, which recognize the contributions of Kentuckians to their fellow citizens. KCCVS hosts a special ceremony each year to publicly honor the winners and others who have given back to their communities through volunteering and service.
KCCVS Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said volunteers are essential to meet community needs.
“Particularly when governments and nonprofit organizations are struggling in this tough economy, volunteers are more important than ever,” she said. “Volunteers exemplify the spirit of service across the Commonwealth, and honoring worthy individuals and groups with the Governor’s Volunteer Awards is a great way to show our appreciation.”
The award nomination deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15.
Nominations for most awards must focus on service activities completed in Kentucky during 2011. Individuals and groups may be nominated in only one category. Self-nominations are accepted.
For the second year, the First Lady’s Award will recognize a Kentuckian that has gone out of his or her way to assist youth in their efforts to graduate from high school.
Award winners from the previous five years are ineligible for the 2011 awards. A panel of distinguished judges reviews and scores nominations using a 100-point scale.
Electronic submission is encouraged. Find nomination forms, category criteria and more information online at the KCCVS website, http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/govawards/ or contact Shannon Ramsey at (800) 239-7404, ext. 4115.