Begin the nomination process |

Begin the nomination process

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Now is the time to begin the process to nominate someone for the prestigious 2009 Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards.

The committee has not set a date for the awards dinner, which will be held sometime in the beginning of 2010. But you can get involved now by working on your nomination for someone you’ve observed performing outstanding humanitarian efforts on the behalf of Garfield County and/or its residents.

To ensure your nominee’s nomination will be taken seriously and given the consideration it deserves, you need to do your homework, and that’s why it’s important to start early. Find out all the details about that special someone, and then dig a little deeper. You may want to ask someone else who may know your nominee in a different capacity to give you details, or ask that person to write a support letter. The key is to identify and enlighten the committee about the many facets of your nominee in as much detail as you can. This way, the committee can understand your reasons for the nomination. If the person is as good as you think he or she is, surely other people feel the same way, too, and they can offer other important details that can help the committee to weigh your nominee against the other nominees.

When the committee sets a date and venue for the awards dinner, these details will be published. You may submit your entry as required by the guidelines. But for now, just start the process, and continue to gather as much information as you can.

Without the nominations, there wouldn’t be an awards dinner. If you’ve never attended the Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner or been in the nomination process, make it a priority for the New Year. When you see a kind person being recognized for his/her selfless efforts, you’ll want to look for another volunteer to recognize next year. It’s a great, feel-good event you’ll want to attend every year.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. For possible mention of your nonprofit agency or its events or news items, e-mail or call 618-6689.

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