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Nominate those humanitarians

It may have seemed like a slow start this year, but now is the time for anyone who wants to nominate someone for the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards to shift into high gear.

The 20th annual awards will be held March 9 at the Hotel Colorado.

Nominations for the awards are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Yes, it’s Friday the 13th, but maybe that will help you remember to get your nominations in on time. Late nominations cannot be considered.



Anyone in Garfield County may nominate anyone who has provided outstanding services to residents of Garfield County. The committee needs specific information about each nominee so it can fairly determine the strength of each nominee.

Every day people in this county display selfless acts of kindness. All you have to do is observe and appreciate these good deeds. Take some time and formulate a strong argument for your specific nominee, in staff, volunteer, youth and senior categories.



Each nominee will be honored at the Humanitarian Dinner, and will receive a framed nominee certificate. Nominees will be recognized during the program with portions of their specific nominations, so make it good, folks.

Please remember to look for outstanding youth in your search for nominees. When youth are acknowledged for their good deeds, it helps encourage other youth to spend their time in positive service to others, which in turn helps to make the future look promising.

Your nominee can be that obscure person who always helps out and sets a good example wherever he happens to be. He doesn’t have to be the most well-known or highest paid individual.

Some of last year’s humanitarian nominees include a person who has given countless hours to work with People First, a self-advocacy group that helps people with disabilities become able to speak up for themselves; a woman who supported her best friend when she was diagnosed with cancer; a woman who founded The Angel Project in 2004 to make homeownership possible, and also founded Miracles, a support group for those who have survived brain injuries; and a man who drives special needs students to school and treats them in a respectful and unpretentious way.

Nomination forms will soon be posted on the Post Independent website and will be in the print version of the newspaper. Or you can call me at 384-9118 and make arrangements to get a form. Or stop in the Post Independent front desk. Please send me completed nomination forms by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at the Hotel Colorado. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the program is scheduled to start at 6:45 p.m.

Nominees will be the guests of the committee. All other attendees will be required to pay $28 per dinner in advance. Please call Ronda at 384-2357 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays for reservations. If special needs are required, such as wheelchair accessibility, etc., please be sure to express those needs. If a vegetarian meal is required, please let Ronda know that, too.

The Garfield County Humanitarian Dinner is not a fundraiser for the Garfield County Human Services Commission or any of its nonprofit agencies. It is an effort to acknowledge the spirit of generosity and human kindness happening all around us every day.

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is the media coordinator of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her with news tips or nonprofit news, call 384-9118 or e-mail kay@postindependent.com.


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