Jill Warren Lucas
Each week, Philanthropy Journal (PJ) reports on the efforts of state and national nonprofits that strive to meet the diverse needs of their communities. The specific targets and goals vary year to year and from region to region, but there is one important constant: the extraordinary individuals whose volunteer service makes it possible for good works to occur.
These special people who serve and sacrifice rarely seek the spotlight and in fact often shun it. But in recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, PJ asks our dedicated readers to help shine a light on the men, women and youth whose selfless service helps countless nonprofits meet their missions to effect positive change.
Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
With that in mind, we invite PJ readers to nominate outstanding volunteers in three categories for a total of 12 awards:
- Adult Volunteer (age 21 and older)
- Youth Volunteer (under age 21)
- Volunteer Services Coordinator
Visit our Nominations Link to tell us what makes your volunteer extraordinary. All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, March 29. Entries will be judged on individual merit and not number of entries received. The review panel will include PJ staff, employees of the Institute for Nonprofits, students in the nonprofit minor, and others associated with the NC State University Community of Nonprofit Scholars.
After the review panel evaluates submissions and identifies a group of nominations for final consideration, PJ will contact those nonprofits for a current high-quality photo of each nominee. If contacted, please be prepared to submit a photo promptly.
Honorees will be announced in the Monday, April 15, edition of Philanthropy Journal to allow time for the organizations with which they are associated to celebrate their achievement. Certificates will be mailed to the selected volunteers on April 15.