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Nominations sought for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; deadline for nominations is Jan. 25

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace, 502-564-6180, ext. 4013  


Virtually everyone knows at least one of those extraordinary people who give their time, talent, enthusiasm and support to serve the unmet needs of others while asking nothing in return but the satisfaction of helping.

Volunteers give selflessly of themselves to help improve the lives of countless others. They perform their good deeds largely unnoticed and wholly without compensation.

At a special awards ceremony in April, Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will publicly honor Kentuckians who have given back to their communities by volunteering.

Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 25 for the annual Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service. These prestigious awards have recognized and celebrated the contributions of Kentucky volunteers for more than a decade.

A special category has been added to the awards program this year to recognize outstanding volunteer expression of the Unbridled Spirit of Kentucky in service to our neighbors to the south affected by the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.

“There are so many Kentuckians who regularly help their neighbors and this is a good way to say ‘thank you’ to some of Kentucky’s great unsung heroes and role models,” said Eileen Cackowski, KCCVS director.

With the exception of those for Director of Volunteers and Lifetime Achievement awards, nominations must focus on service activities that occurred between July 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2005.

Nomination forms can be picked up at all public libraries and are available online from the KCCVS Web site at www.chfs.ky.gov/dhss/kccvs/govawards/2005/. Photocopies of nomination forms will be accepted and completed forms can be mailed to KCCVS, 275 East Main Street, Mail Stop 3W-F, Frankfort, KY 40621.

Individuals and groups may be nominated in only one category and self-nominations are accepted. Both a youth and adult award will be given in three categories: Impact, Innovation and Challenge. All nominees will receive a certificate of appreciation from the governor. Award winners from the previous five years are ineligible for the 2005 awards.

A panel of judges with experience in volunteerism and community service will carefully review every application and score nominees on a 100-point scale. Staff reserves the right to reassign a nomination to another award category if appropriate.

The 2005 Governor’s Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Frankfort during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29.

For more information, contact the KCCVS office by calling toll free (800) 239-7404 or by e-mail at kccvs@ky.gov.

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Categories for the 2005 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service

  • The Innovation Award recognizes one adult and one youth who have used creativity and imagination to effectively meet a community need.
  • The Impact Award honors one adult and one youth who have helped significantly to improve lives and/or community conditions through their service.
  • The Challenge Award is presented to one adult and one youth volunteer who overcame personal obstacles to serve others.
  • The Group Award recognizes teams whose joint efforts have had substantial impact on communities served through innovation, volunteer hours, size of the group and other factors. One non-profit organization and one business may be selected for this award.
  • The National Service Award is presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service over and beyond the requirements of their designated program, such as AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps*VISTA, AmeriCorps*NCCC, or Senior Service Corps.
  • The Volunteer Support Award honors a business or other entity with a history of supporting volunteerism through policies and practices.
  • The Special Category Award is a new category that recognizes an individual or a group who exemplified the Unbridled Spirit of Kentucky in aiding our neighbors during and/or after the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
  • The Director of Volunteers is a given to a paid staff member who exemplifies good volunteer management skills.
  • The Citizen Corps Award is presented to an individual who volunteers through a local Community Emergency Response Team, Volunteers In Police Service, Citizen Corps, Medical Reserve Corps or Neighborhood Watch program.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes long-term volunteerism and community service, which has had a substantial and sustained impact in the community.

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Last Updated 1/3/2006