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Governor's Service Awards nominations sought

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - Nominations for the 2011 Governor's Service Awards are being sought, Gov. Rick Snyder announced today.

The awards acknowledge the commitment of individuals, organizations and businesses to their communities through service and volunteerism. This is the 19th year of the program.

"Michiganders always are generous with their time when it comes to helping their communities and each other," Snyder said. "I know we'll have a strong field of nominees to consider for these awards."

Eight awards will be presented in the following categories:

 Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism - honors an individual who has taken volunteer service to the highest level year after year.

 Corporate Community Leader Award - honors corporations and businesses that excel in community involvement.

 Outstanding National Service Program Award - honors programs that excel at engaging national service members in programs across the state.

 Outstanding Volunteer Program Award - honors organizations or clubs that make a difference in community life.

 Mentor of the Year - honors an individual who has made a significant difference in a child's life through mentoring.

 Senior Volunteer of the Year - honors individuals who are 65 and older.

 Volunteer of the Year - honors an individual who strives to improve the lives of neighbors, friends, community or congregation.

 Youth Volunteer of the Year - honors individuals who are age 21 or younger.

The finalists will be recognized at a celebration this fall. The Governor's Service Awards are coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state's lead agency on service and volunteerism.

The nomination form is available on the Michigan Community Service Commission's website at Nominations must be postmarked by July 26. 

For more information, contact Kathie Vasilion Robinson at (517) 373-4200 or