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Time to think about humanitarians

Nonprofit Spotlight
Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kay Vasilakis

Now is the time to start thinking about who you would like to nominate for the Garfield County 2008 Humanitarian awards. The committee hasn’t made the event details final yet, but it needs your nominations. And the holidays are coming up, so the sooner you get started, the easier it will be to get your strong nomination sent in.

Anyone from Garfield County may nominate any Garfield County citizen for an award, based on that person’s efforts to make their community a better place to live. The four categories are youth, senior, staff and volunteer.

It might be your neighbor who always shovels snow for seniors across the street. It might be someone who consistently helps at the Extended Table. It could be that special teen who helps out at a senior center, or a co-worker who can be counted on to make customers feel their business is valuable.

Please take the time to make your nomination a strong one if you truly want the person you’re nominating to receive serious consideration. The committee needs specific information about the nominees ” such as which organizations he or she has been affiliated with; how many years the person has been working for those organizations; specific examples of what he or she does to benefit the community; and specific examples of kindness that person has done for individuals.

If you do not know specific details about the humanitarian service of the person you’re nominating, try to think of someone who does. Maybe the person’s employer, the person’s pastor, a teacher or family member can give an additional support letter which would be invaluable for the committee’s evaluation. This information is valuable to make each nomination as strong as it can be. When more people are involved in a person’s nomination, a great support system is stimulated. And your nominee is quite flattered by your thoughtfulness.

Not only does the committee use the information included in the nominations to make the award decisions, it uses the information to honor each nominee at the dinner and to inform dinner guests of the person’s humanitarian efforts.

If you know a staff person who makes your place of employment a joyous, positive place to work, don’t hesitate to nominate that person. Your place of employment will increase its optimistic environment and more co-workers will pick up on the willingness to go that extra mile for your clients.

Also consider nominating a young person for the youth award. It is important to give teenagers encouragement through role models, so they see the impact of their good deeds and use their energy to do more for the community.

If you have nominated someone in the past who has not won an award, consider nominating that person again and collecting more information to make this year’s nomination even stronger. Think of all the ways your nominee has made a difference in the lives of others.

Nomination forms will be published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. However, if you cannot find a nomination form, e-mail me your information at the address below. Include your name and phone number, and your nominee’s name and phone number, so the committee can inform that person of the nomination.

Remember, the committee has not formalized the date and location of the dinner. Humanitarian Dinner details will be published when they are available. It will be held sometime early in 2009.

This column is intended to get potential nominators to think humanitarian and start collecting information.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, call 384-9118 or e-mail kay@postindependent.com.

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