United Way Accepting Nominations for Volunteer Awards

Do you know an outstanding volunteer who you would like to see honored for their service to our community? United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Hands On Savannah is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Volunteer Recognition Awards, a program which honors extraordinary volunteer work in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

“Volunteerism plays a key role in building our community,” said Shirley Sessions, director of United Way’s Hands On Savannah. “The Volunteer Recognition Awards provides a great opportunity for us to pay tribute to the extraordinary volunteer efforts of individuals who dedicate their personal time, talent and energy to the causes that mean the most to them.”

Volunteer Recognition Awards will be given in each of the following categories: Adult Individual, Youth Individual (18 years or younger), Adult Group (three or more volunteers) and Youth Group (three or more volunteers 18 years or younger). A panel of community leaders will select a winner and a finalist in each of these four categories. A $500 scholarship grant will be presented to the Youth Individual winner, and a $250 scholarship grant will be presented to the Youth Individual finalist.

The Herschel V. Jenkins Volunteer of the Year Award, honoring the late Herschel V. Jenkins, a visionary and a community building volunteer who believed in the work of the United Way and the importance of giving back to the community, will be selected from winners in those four categories. The winner’s nonprofit program will be awarded $1,000 in honor of the winner.

Additionally, United Way’s Hands On Savannah will present The Anne Moy Education Award to an individual or group for outstanding dedication and service in the field of education. The award is dedicated in memory of the late Anne Moy, a retired educator and a dedicated United Way volunteer.

The results will be announced at the Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 11:45 a.m. at Savannah Station.

To nominate an individual or a group for Volunteer Recognition Award, visit www.handsonsavannah.org and download a nomination form. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2010. For further information, please contact Shirley Sessions at 912.651.7726 or email ssessions@ uwce.org.

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