FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2013) – 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 2012 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service.

“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,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “These individuals deserve our sincere admiration and gratitude.”

To honor these individuals, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service.

This is the 18th 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 Eileen Cackowski said volunteers are essential to meet community needs.

“Past winners of this honor have truly made an impact on the Commonwealth with their dedication, innovation and inspiration,” she said. “Government and charitable agencies have been undoubtedly affected by budget cuts, making the efforts of volunteers more important than ever. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards are a great way to show our appreciation for this service.”

The award nomination deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Nominations for most awards must focus on service activities completed in Kentucky during 2012. Individuals and groups may be nominated in only one category. Self-nominations are accepted.

For the third year, the First Lady’s Award will recognize a Kentuckian that has gone out of his or her way to assist youth in their efforts to graduate from high school.

Award winners from the previous five years are ineligible for the 2012 awards. A panel of distinguished judges reviews and scores nominations using a 100-point scale.

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.



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