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Nominations Sought for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Feb. 18

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 02, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contacts: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2009) – Nearly everyone knows at least one of those extraordinary people who give selflessly of themselves to help improve the lives of others. These volunteers perform good deeds largely unnoticed and without expectation of recognition or compensation.

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

KCCVS will host a special ceremony in May to publicly honor the winners and other Kentuckians 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.”

Award nominations may be submitted through Wednesday, Feb. 18.

With the exception of the Director of Volunteers, Lifetime Achievement and Kentucky Ambassador awards, nominations must focus on service activities completed in Kentucky during 2008. 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 2008 awards. A panel of distinguished judges will review and score nomination applications using a 100-point scale. 

Nomination forms are available online from the KCCVS Web site at completed nomination forms to: KCCVS, Attn: Governor’s Awards, 275 E. Main St., Mail Stop 3W-E, Frankfort, KY 40621.

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

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