Tuesday, 02 04, 2014
Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3465
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2014) – It’s time to honor those groups and individuals who have served their fellow Kentuckians in an exceptional manner during the past year. Nominations are now being accepted for the annual Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service, honoring service completed in 2013.
“There are many Kentuckians who serve every day, every month or every year through faith-based organizations and as volunteers for community groups, addressing a variety of unmet critical needs,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “These individuals deserve our sincere admiration and gratitude.”
To honor these individuals and highlight the importance of volunteerism and service, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations.
This is the 19th year for the annual volunteer awards, which recognize the contributions of Kentuckians to their fellow citizens. KCCVS hosts a special ceremony each year to publicly honor the winners and others who have given back to their communities through volunteering and service.
KCCVS Executive Director Joe Bringardner said the Governor’s Volunteer Awards are a great way to show appreciation and respect for contributions made last year.
“Service is about taking the initiative to make a change for others,” he said. “These awards help give much-needed focus on the people and projects that are shaping our Commonwealth to be a better place to live.”
The award nomination deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Nominations for most awards must focus on service activities completed in Kentucky during 2013. Individuals and groups may be nominated in only one category. Self-nominations are accepted.
This year a new category was added to honor a veteran who has met a community need beyond military service. Award winners from the previous five years are ineligible for the 2013 awards. An independent panel of judges reviews and scores nominations using the assigned judging work sheet.
Electronic submission is encouraged. Find nomination forms, category criteria and more information online at the KCCVS website, http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/govawards.htm or contact Shannon Ramsey at (800) 239-7404, ext. 3841.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.