Deserved gratitude

United Way accepting volunteer of the year nominations

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To nominate

Moffat County United Way volunteer of the year nomination forms can be found at the following locations:

• United Way office, inside the First National Bank of the Rockies building at 600 Yampa Ave.

• Moffat County Commission office, in the basement of the County Courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way.

For more information, call the United Way at 824-6222 or the Commission at 824-5517. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 11.

— United Way has a tradition of honoring volunteers of the year, though recognition usually isn't a prime concern for award winners, said Corrie Ponikvar, Moffat County United Way executive director.

"It's just a very small way for us to show our gratitude and appreciation for what they do," Ponikvar said.

Moffat County United Way currently is accepting nominations for volunteer of the year, an award open to anyone who donated time to a community cause, Ponikvar said.

She encouraged anyone in Moffat County who knows someone they think should be recognized to fill out a nomination form.

They can be found at the United Way office in Craig, located at 600 Yampa Ave. inside the First National Bank of the Rockies building, or at the Moffat County Commission office, in the basement of the County Courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 11.

The eventual award recipient will be honored at a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The United Way board would like to see a nominee from every organization in the county, Ponikvar said. Whether they be city and county boards, such as Moffat County Tourism Association, or citizen groups, such as Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse, they all require time and care, she said.

"We would really like to encourage people to nominate teens, as well," Ponikvar said.

A committee formed by the United Way board will select whom to recognize out of the nominees.

Committee members will limit judging criteria to what information is included on the nomination form, Ponikvar said, so it needs to be detailed.

Only work done in 2007 is eligible for review, and no compensated hours may be included in a person's nomination.

Ponikvar said she is glad to live and work in a community that is able to give so much year after year.

Although there have been rumblings around town that the same few people serve all the causes around Craig and the county, Ponikvar said United Way never wants for volunteers.

Some groups, however, need more specialized help, or require an amount of training, she said, such as the Boys & Girls Club of Craig or Advocates-Crisis Support Services. They sometimes can have trouble finding qualified volunteers.

Many nonprofits, whether they need professional volunteers or not, have gone to a professional model with paid employees, Ponikvar added, so they can have dedicated staff.

Which is not to say volunteers are unwanted or unneeded.

Ponikvar said she understands why some community members have not gotten involved.

"What I think happens in our community - we're a working community," she said. "It's really difficult for everyone to stretch their time and commit to agencies in our community, too."

It's still great to see people step forward, Ponikvar added.

"If (someone) is aware of people out there committing their time, energy, resources, and they're not getting recognized for that," she said, "please nominate them."

Anyone with questions on the nomination or award process can call Moffat County United ay at 824-6222 or Erin Miller at the Commission office at 824-5517.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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