Nominations Sought For Outstanding Volunteers

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Nominations are being sought by the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards to promote an ethic of service and volunteerism and to recognize volunteer efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life for Arizonans.

The theme is Give Today, Touch Tomorrow.

A panel of judges from across the state will select the award recipients. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 25, 2012 and the winners may be announced as early as March The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism will host a reception to honor the 11th annual award recipients in the spring of 2012.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

Lifetime Achievement: Individuals who exemplify the ideals of service for the past 25 years or more.

National Service: Current or alumni, individual member of an AmeriCorps*State, National, Tribal, VISTA, and Senior Corps program or Service-Learning Practitioner (adult adviser).

Service Learning Project: A course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service project that meets an identified community need; includes a reflection on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Youth: Individual 17 years of age or younger at the time of nomination.

Youth Group: Groups of two or more youth, 17 years of age and younger at the time of nomination. Please describe individual roles and leadership of youth act(s) of service in nomination. Category includes youth clubs, faith youth groups, after-school programs, Scout troops, etc.

Outstanding Mentor: Adult or youth mentor, mentoring for a minimum of three years in a formal mentoring program (e.g., Big Brothers Big Sisters, Phoenix Youth at Risk, Arizona Quest for Kids), a compelling mentoring story.

Adult: Individuals 18 years of age or older at time of nomination.

Adult Group: Groups of two or more adults, 18 years of age and older at the time of nomination. The group volunteers (75 percent or more) must not be employee of the organization they serve.

Small Business/Government Agency: Entities with 100 or fewer employees. The award will be given to an entity whose employees volunteer on behalf of the business/government entity.

Nonprofit/Faith Based: Organizations that are registered as a nonprofit entity with the Internal Revenue Service.

Nomination submission: The nomination form must be completed in full to be considered. Submit the nomination form in one of these three ways: mail, e-mail, or fax by Jan. 25.

The form is available through: Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, Attn: Awards Committee, 1700 W. Washington, Suite #101, Phoenix, AZ 85507, fax: 602-452-3423, e-mail: volunteerawards@az.gov, questions: 602-542-3495.

Nomination guidelines say volunteers may be nominated by anyone or may nominate themselves. Volunteer service must be performed in Arizona and may not include hours served as part of academic credit.

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