Volunteer Recognition

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Where there’s a will, there’s a way – Honoring Volunteers.

Junior League members still have the will to honor Kankakee County volunteers. Former League members joined the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley, Pledge for Life Partnership and the United Way of Kankakee County to guarantee the annual Kankakee County Volunteer Recognition Luncheon continues its legacy. The Kankakee Country Club will be the site of this year’s luncheon, scheduled for Friday, April 15.

Debi Baron, Event Co-Chairperson, stated “We’re in our 23rd year of hosting this event. Although there’s no longer a chapter of the Junior League in Kankakee, we have found our partner organizations recognize the importance and distinct privilege of recognizing the broad and significant impact of volunteerism in Kankakee County.” This year’s event committee is comprised of volunteers representing all four organizations. “We’re a blend of veterans and new recruits - it’s a great combination!” stated Baron.

Nominations are being accepted in nine general areas: Arts and Culture, Civic, Religious/Spiritual, Social Service, Education, Environment, Health, Recreation/Sports and includes a special category for youth volunteers, those 21 years of age or younger. At least six Outstanding Volunteers will be selected. Sandy Malpasuto, Co-Chairperson and a Volunteer of the Year from last year, says she’s “Looking forward to reviewing the nominations. There are so many wonderfully-brilliant people who put forth plenty of time, talent and energy, all on behalf of making someone else’s life better.”

The nomination forms have been mailed to various organizations throughout the County. Anyone needing additional information or forms may send an email to Nominations must be received no later than March 12.


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