Volunteer of Year nominations sought

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Rutherford County is once again kicking off its annual search for the county’s top Volunteer of the Year, with the winner landing a $1,000 donation for the agency he or she most helps.

Volunteers are lifelines for the organizations they serve, said Faye C. Hassell, executive director of United Way of Rutherford County, the sponsor of the $1,000 award.

"We are proud to sponsor this award because it demonstrates our commitment to volunteers and the wonderful work they provide in the community,” she said. “For many organizations, volunteers play a vital role in their day-to-day activities. We greatly appreciate their commitment to help others and give back to our community."

Applications for the 2013 Rutherford County Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service are now available.

Nominees can be recognized in these categories:

Individual: An individual volunteer.

Group/Team/Family: A group of two or more people that volunteer together on the same project(s).

Youth Volunteer: A person age 18 or younger who volunteers.

Senior Volunteer: A person 55 or older, and volunteers.

Perseverance in Volunteerism: An individual volunteer who has overcome significant personal obstacles (mental or physical) in order to engage in service to others.

Corporate/ Business Volunteerism: A corporation or business that has made a substantial impact in the community by promoting service to their employees by providing volunteer hours or engaging in other volunteer activities.

All nominees will be honored at the annual volunteer luncheon Tuesday, April 30, as part of National Volunteer Week.

The annual volunteer recognition program part of a statewide effort managed by the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, a division of the Office of the Governor. The local program is coordinated by Volunteer Rutherford, a cooperative endeavor of volunteer administrators and managers of local nonprofits. The program is sponsored by the Rutherford County Commissioners. Local winners are recognized by the state.

All interested members of the nonprofit sector in Rutherford County are invited to participate in Volunteer Rutherford as it begins its annual search for Volunteer of the Year. Affiliation with Volunteer Rutherford also provides networking and discussion opportunities for those in the nonprofit field.

The next meeting, which will be held in the Courtyard Room of Rutherford Hospital, is Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 8:30 a.m. Annual membership is $10.

Nomination forms are due by 5 p.m. March 22. Forms are available at the Cooperative Extension office, 193 Callahan Koon Road, Spindale, or at the Habitat ReStore, 686 W. Main St., Forest City. For an on-line application, call Cynthia Clark, 287-6190.