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Time for humanitarians to get some recognition

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” How would you describe an outstanding humanitarian? Is it someone who is constantly there to help with the soup kitchen? Someone who helps tutor English for Literacy Outreach? A teacher who inspires students to value their knowledge? A teenager who volunteers at the hospital or helps out a neighbor? Someone who volunteers for Hospice?

This is the time for you to take time to think about that special someone you have observed bringing extra value to Garfield County. Anyone can nominate another Garfield County resident whom they deem to be deserving of an award. But don’t let someone else do it. You take the initiative and make certain that your nominee gets the accolades he or she deserves. And if you find out someone else has nominated the person you were thinking of, you can write a support letter. Your perspective can always add dimension to a strong nomination.

Take a little time, fill out the nomination form found in future issues of the Post Independent, and perhaps dig a little deeper. Find out how long that person has volunteered. Find out what other organizations he or she also supports. Maybe your nominee has made a great difference in someone’s life. The more complete your nomination, the better the judges can understand why your nominee deserves an award. Your nominee will receive the contents of your nomination for their files. Please get your nominations in soon.

While the hardworking souls who perform their good deeds don’t contribute their time and efforts for the money or the recognition, a little deserving acknowledgment can certainly reinforce their efforts and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

The awards categories include four main awards ” volunteer, staff, youth and senior. However, the judges have the ability to invent new categories for those nominees who spread their special magic and seem to fit elsewhere.

Everyone who is nominated receives special recognition and a certificate during the program.

All nominees will be guests at the awards dinner. Nominators, friends and family members must pay $25 for the dinner, which of course includes an evening of wonderful memories.

The 2006 Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards Dinner will be held Monday night, Feb. 12, 2007, at the Hotel Colorado. It is a wonderful evening filled with people who are the best of the best of Garfield County. The blessing of the dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 6, and the program starts at 6:30.

All nominees will be guests at the awards dinner. Nominators, friends and family members must pay $25 for the dinner, which of course includes an evening of wonderful memories.

If you take the time now to nominate someone, you’ll be so glad you did for years to come. Pay it forward.

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

What is it? A recognition dinner for Garfield County residents who perform outstanding good deeds.

When started: 1986

Where and when? The Hotel Colorado, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2007

How to nominate? Fill out the nomination form in future issues of the Post Independent or call the number below to make arrangements to receive a form.

Who can be nominated? Anyone in Garfield County

Nomination deadline: Jan. 5, 2007

For more information: Call Kay at 384-9118

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