July 28 declared Colorado Cares Day

Day organized to recognize local volunteer groups, individuals

The Moffat Count Board of Commissioners has designated July 28 Colorado Cares Day. The day has been set aside to recognize the importance of volunteers and volunteer organizations in the communities of Moffat County and throughout Colorado.

Gov. Bill Owens, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and the Governor's Commission on Community Services are making a statewide effort to establish this holiday in Colorado.

Colorado Cares Day began in 1999, and this year Moffat County will recognize the new holiday to honor its volunteers.

The top honorees will be invited to join Gov. Owens July 28 in Denver for a barbecue and awards ceremony.

"Volunteers do so much for our community, and this is a great way to recognize that," Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos said.

Moffat County Commissioners Les Hampton and T. Wright Dickinson agreed.

"In addition to the awards, I think the county should be sure to recognize all the volunteers that help in so many ways at the hospital, in the community and in all the different parts of the county that depend on volunteering to operate," Dickinson said.

There are nine categories for awards: Children/youth, seniors, health, community pride, education, good samaritan, Centennial award, exceptional events and rising stars.

A nomination form and narrative of no more the 200 words, plus any letters of support, newspaper articles and photographs concerning the nominee's volunteer activities will be used to select the winners. The narrative must address achievement, community need, innovation, mobilization and ongoing involvement. The deadline for turning in nominations is June 22.

The local awards will be presented by the County Commissioners on June 29.

The county winners will then form the pool from which the statewide winner for each category will be selected at the July 28 barbecue in Denver.

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