DENVER – July 23, 2013 – Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office today recognized a dozen individuals, organizations and businesses that have volunteered and served Colorado and its communities at the 2013 Governor’s Service Awards ceremony. The Governor’s Service Awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community/civic leaders, various organizations, and Senior Corps for their outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout Colorado.
“These winners represent what helps make Colorado great,” Hickenlooper said. “Each and every award winner demonstrates a deep dedication to service and bettering local communities across the state. We are grateful for their efforts.”
The Governor’s Service Awards are presented by Serve Colorado, formerly the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Serve Colorado was established to promote community service throughout the state and to build a culture of citizenship, service and individual responsibility. The Governor’s Service Awards are designed to acknowledge individuals and organizations who embody these ideals of community service. Colorado governors, current and past, recognize the importance of community involvement and for the past 17 years have honored volunteers who have given so much to our state and local communities through these annual awards.
The 2013 Governor’s Service Award recipients:
Outstanding Volunteer: Steve Austin, an 87-year-old volunteer leader with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. He has contributed countless hours to help build and maintain Colorado’s trail system, allowing residents and visitors alike to enjoy the state’s vast wilderness and open spaces.
Outstanding Youth Volunteer: Chau Nguyen, a new Vietnamese immigrant who has embraced Colorado as his home. A student at New America High School in Lowry, Chau is has led the Service Club and recruited classmates to attend service events. He also volunteers at the Colfax Community Network, helping other kids with homework and other after-school activities.
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: Jared King, a veteran who has helped hundreds of fellow veterans train and find employment in Colorado’s green building industry. Through his work with Veterans Green Jobs, Jared has personally connected with more than 400 Colorado veterans and more than 5,000 veterans across the U.S.
Outstanding Community Leader: Diana Flahive, a volunteer in Denver at the Women's Homelessness Initiative and Capitol Hill United Ministries helping to transform her local community.
Outstanding Non-Profit Organization: Senior Resource Services, Greeley, is a non-profit that has served the elderly in Weld County for the past six years. Currently, 193 volunteers are now serving 441 seniors over the age of 60 in Weld County.
Outstanding Large Business: Comcast, Denver, Comcast Cares Day, Comcast's annual volunteer day is a great example of Comcast's commitment to serving Colorado. More than 6,000 local Comcast employees and their families and friends volunteered more than 38,000 hours of their time to benefit 27 Colorado non-profits.
Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: Jessica Nelson, a City Year member in her second year of service with AmeriCorps has mentored 9th graders to improve literacy skills. She consistently finds ways to put her students first and engage other groups and community members.
Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Peter Lagario, a Conservation Outreach Assistant for Veterans Green Jobs is responsible for connecting with veterans who are interested in career opportunities in the conversation and land management industries.
Outstanding AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps): Carol Schneider, AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Campus, Denver, is serving her second year as a Team Leader with the NCCC Southwest Campus and is known to have a strikingly positive, can-do attitude.
Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: Steve Vallee, a RSVP Senior Corps Member, Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County, Fort Collins, has served over 200 hours with Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County as a presenter, community liaison and campaign advocate.
Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni: Mary Jo Rakowski is a pioneer member at the Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Program's first year as an AmeriCorps*State program. She provides low-cost training to nonprofit organizations.
In addition to the awards ceremony, Serve Colorado hosts volunteer days of service, national service initiatives and community partnerships to help promote community involvement. To coincide with the awards ceremony, Serve Colorado is sponsoring Colorado Cares Day on Saturday, July 27. Colorado Cares Day is a great way for people across the state to volunteer and give back to strengthen Colorado communities.
DENVER – Monday May 6, 2013 –Serve Colorado – the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor’s Service Awards are presented in recognition and appreciation to individuals, community/civic leaders, various organizations, and AmeriCorps members for their outstanding contribution to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado. The 2013 Governors Service Awards are sponsored by the Commissioners of the Governor’s Commission on Community Service and Starbucks Coffee.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m. The awards will be presented at a special awards ceremony at The Colorado State Capital on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Nominations must be submitted online. Access the form at http://tinyurl.com/cofu3du
The Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Outstanding Volunteer- this award is given in recognition to an individual who provides outstanding direct service to their community.
Outstanding Youth Volunteer (up to age 18) - this award is given to a individual youth who provides outstanding direct service to their community.
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer- this award is presented to a veteran from any branch of military service who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism, community service and civic engagement.
Outstanding Community Leader- this award is given in recognition to an individual that provides outstanding leadership, organization and inspiration to volunteerism in their community.
Outstanding Non-Profit Organization- this award is given to a non-profit organization that has made outstanding impacts on Colorado communities.
Outstanding Small Business (up to 150 employees) - this award is given to a business that has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to giving back to Colorado communities.
Outstanding Large Business (over 150 employees) - this award is given to a business that has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to giving back to Colorado communities.
Outstanding AmeriCorps*State/National Member- this award is given to a currently serving AmeriCorps State/National Member or to an AmeriCorps State/National member that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the Spirit of AmeriCorps.
Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member- this award is given to a currently serving AmeriCorps VISTA Member or to an AmeriCorps VISTA member that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the Spirit of AmeriCorps.
Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member- this award is given to a currently serving AmeriCorps NCCC Member or to an AmeriCorps NCCC member that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the Spirit of AmeriCorps.
Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer- this award is given to a currently serving Senior Corps volunteer or to a Senior Corps volunteer that has served within the last year who is an extraordinary example of the Spirit of Senior Corps.
Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni- This award recognizes the exceptional impact of a Colorado AmeriCorps Alumni, whose commitment to embody service beyond their term of AmeriCorps service, continues to bring about positive community change.
For more information on the Governor’s Service Awards, please contact Serve Colorado at 303-866-6426 or visit www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor/serve
About Serve Colorado: Serve Colorado strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. Serve Colorado works under the leadership of a board of sixteen Commissioners to distribute and administer Colorado’s allocation of AmeriCorps*State funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The current program portfolio consists of fourteen programs working to meet a variety of immediate and local needs throughout Colorado communities, including environmental stewardship, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, healthy futures, economic opportunity, and more! Additionally, Serve Colorado promotes volunteerism and service as a means to strengthen Colorado communities through days of service, special initiatives, and community partnerships.