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Time to nominate your favorite volunteer

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. These awards distinguish individuals, programs, and organizations that create positive change through volunteerism across the state. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 10, 2016.

“The Governor’s Volunteer Awards embody what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the Beloved Community,” Governor Kate Brown said. “Through the principles of justice, equity, and love for one another, Dr. King believed people could strengthen their communities. We have dedicated Oregonians across the state who work tirelessly, and without fanfare, to help their neighbors thrive. I encourage you to nominate the people, businesses, and programs who collaborate and find solutions for pressing needs in all corners of the state.”

The 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Awards are conducted by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service every year. The awards recognize the important work done throughout Oregon by volunteers, and the positive change they make in our communities.

Governor’s Volunteer Awards information and the nomination form are online at oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva. There is no cost to submit a nomination.

The awards are given at both the regional and statewide levels in the following categories:

¦ Adult Volunteer or Duo (age 19-64)

¦ Elder Volunteer or Duo (age 65 or better)

¦ Youth Volunteer or Duo (age 18 and younger)

¦ Lifetime Achievement (individual or duo — at least 10 years of service in Oregon)

¦ Youth Volunteer Program

¦ Small Business Volunteer Program (15 or fewer employees)

¦ Large Business Volunteer Program (16 or more employees)

¦ Community Based Volunteer Program n Statewide Community Based Volunteer Program (active in 3 or more regions)

¦ AmeriCorps Alumni (recognizes the volunteer efforts of members after they have completed a year of AmeriCorps service)

Through an intense review process, award recipients will be chosen and then honored at a luncheon Oct. 11, 2016, at the Salem Conference Center.