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Nominations Sought for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Monday, Feb. 22

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 17, 2010  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2010) – For those who know an extraordinary Kentuckian or group who gives selflessly to help improve the lives of others, it’s time to consider making a nomination for one of the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

“Volunteerism requires a level of self-sacrifice that is often hard to find,” Governor Steve Beshear said. “Though we faced unprecedented and disheartening economic challenges in 2009 that affected each and every citizen of the commonwealth, there are those Kentuckians who confronted these challenges with compassion and humility, and rose to the call of service.”

To honor these individuals, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

This is the 15th year for the annual volunteer awards, which recognize and celebrate the contributions of Kentuckians to their fellow citizens. KCCVS hosts a special ceremony in May to publicly honor the winners and others who have given back to their communities through volunteering.

KCCVS Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said volunteers are an integral part of their communities.

“During these difficult economic times, volunteers are more important than ever,” Cackowski said. “These awards are our way of saying ‘thank you’ to some of our greatest unsung heroes and role models while we promote Kentucky’s volunteer spirit.”

The award nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 22.

Nominations for most awards must focus on service activities completed in Kentucky during 2009

Individuals and groups may be nominated in only one category, and self-nominations are accepted. Award winners from the previous five years are ineligible for the 2009 awards. A panel of distinguished judges reviews and scores nomination applications using a 100-point scale. 

Nomination forms are available online for electronic submission from the KCCVS Web site at

For more information, contact the KCCVS office at (800) 239-7404 or by e-mail at

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Last Updated 2/17/2010