Newsletter: We all get by with a little help from our friends

by Sharon Gavin

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

Here in Oregon, we’re fortunate to have a strong tradition of volunteering, and the stories of the tremendous work these volunteers are doing throughout our state are not only inspiring, but serve as reminders that each of us benefits from volunteerism every day.

Volunteers are at our schools and shelters; in our hospitals and on our hotlines. They coach our kids, visit our veterans, seat us at the symphony, and provide food to families in need. They are the docents in our parks, gardens, and museums; the friends of our libraries; and the behind-the-scenes people who are helping hundreds of government agencies and non-profits create a better, stronger, healthier, and safer world for all of us.

The importance of acknowledging and honoring the individuals, groups, programs and businesses whose volunteer efforts have such a positive effect cannot be overstated.

How can you do this? Nominate them for a 2010 Governor’s Volunteer Award.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards are designed to recognize and celebrate volunteers from all over Oregon for their efforts, dedication, and commitment to helping individuals and enhancing our communities.

I’m pleased to announce that nominations for the 2010 Governor’s Volunteer Awards are open now.
Award categories include:
•Outstanding Youth Volunteer (age 18 or younger)
•Outstanding Adult Volunteer (age 19 – 54)
•Outstanding Senior Volunteer (age 55 or better)
•Outstanding Volunteer Program
•Outstanding Statewide Volunteer Program (operating in 3 or more Regions)
•Outstanding Youth Volunteer Program or Group
•Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program, and
•Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement (at least 10 years of service)

Nominations are due on May 10, 2010; all awardees will be recognized at the annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards luncheon in Salem on Oct. 22, 2010.

To learn more or to submit a nomination, visit the Oregon Volunteers website, and take the time to thank the great volunteers who are making Oregon even better every day.

Thank you, 

J. Michael Schultz Chair, State Committee on Volunteerism

p.s. Please forward this message to any nonprofit, business, government entity, or volunteer who you think might be interested in submitting a nomination for the Governor’s Volunteer Awards. You can also find this information on Oregon Volunteers’ Facebook page– become a Fan today!

Posted on February 24, 2010 in Volunteering, Events.