Nominations Open for Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

You know that wonderful retiree who helps at your child’s school? And that amazing parent who always coaches soccer and leads a Boy Scout troop? And how about that tremendous church group that perpetually seems to be organizing fundraisers for a good cause? And what about that small business owner who both makes a living and gives back to her community?

Well it’s time to tell them “thank you” for the tireless hours they give, making our community a quality place to live, work and play. The Helpline Center is now accepting nominations for the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, an annual community-wide recognition event that celebrates the heroes among us who quietly go about serving others.  A Spirit of Volunteerism Award nomination is the perfect way to show your appreciation to the great volunteers you know.

Nominees are accepted in four categories, with two winners in the Adult group, two winners in the Corporate Humanitarian group, one Youth winner and one Group winner. All nominees and winners will be recognized at the 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon that will be held on May 12 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Over 450 people attend the banquet each. All nominees receive a corsage and have their photos taken by a professional photographer. In addition, each nominee in the adult category will receive one complimentary ticket to the luncheon; each youth and group nominee will receive two complimentary tickets. $500 contributions will be made to non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status on behalf of winners in the Youth, Adult and Group categories.

I have yet to meet a volunteer who helps out in order to get an award. In fact, most volunteers don’t feel they deserve any recognition for their actions. So, why make a nomination? It’s simple, really. People need to know they make a difference. The No. 1 reason people give for not volunteering is lack of time. In many ways, time is more precious than money. If you give $100, you can always earn $100 more. If you give 100 hours to volunteerism, you can never get those hours back. When we fail to recognize volunteers for their efforts, it’s a failure to recognize that their gift of time is the most valuable treasure they can give. People who don’t feel their time is being valued tend to quit service. We can’t afford to lose volunteers because they think they aren’t making a valuable difference. Making a Spirit of Volunteerism nomination for an outstanding volunteer, or an outstanding group of volunteers, is one simple way to show them how much they matter.

Making a nomination is simple. Anyone can do it. Individuals can make nominations. Non-profits can make nominations. Businesses can make nominations. All nominations are welcome. Visit the Spirit of Volunteerism page to print off a hard copy of the nomination form, or you can choose to make a nomination online. Dial 2-1-1 for more information.
We look forward to reading about, and honoring, your nominees.

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