United Way searching for volunteer of the year

Agency teaming with city, county for third annual award

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• United Way now accepting applications for third annual Volunteer of the Year award, offered in cooperation with city of Craig, Moffat County.

• Five to 12 people on average nominated each year.

• Award winner to be named during volunteer appreciation luncheon April 23.

• Nominations due April 3.

Past United Way Volunteer of the Year award winners:

• 2007 - Betsy Peck*

• 2006 - Jim and Roberta Hume*

• 2005 - Alvaro Landa

• 2004 - Samantha Johnston

• 2003 - Jack Bonaker

• 2002 - Cheryl Ivy

• 2001 - Jeff Hammond

* Awards offered in cooperation with the city of Craig and Moffat County.

Moffat County United Way, along with the city of Craig and Moffat County governments, is preparing to honor people who help the community by volunteering throughout the year.

The agency and local governments will host an appreciation luncheon April 23 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, during National Volunteer Week.

However, it's one volunteer in particular - a person yet to be named - who the groups are paying specific attention to.

United Way began accepting applications Friday for the 2008 Volunteer of the Year, who also will be named during the luncheon.

United Way, and the city and county use the luncheon to "recognize and thank all of those who volunteer for us throughout the year, and award one person with a special recognition," United Way Director Corrie Ponikvar said.

Volunteers are a vital part of the community, she said.

"We feel volunteers are the backbone of all our local nonprofits," Ponikvar said.

Anyone in Moffat County with volunteerism in his or her background is eligible for the award.

A six-member committee looks at each candidate's accomplishments in 2008 first and then overall volunteerism background next, as criteria for choosing the winner.

United Way has traditionally handed out a volunteer of the year award. Since 2006, it has partnered with the city and county on the offering.

Betsy Peck, who was recently honored as the KRAI/Craig Daily Press Citizen of the Year, won Volunteer of the Year in 2007, and Jim and Roberta Hume won in 2006.

Nomination applications are due by April 3.

The applications requires that the nominating person outline why he or she considers a nominee worthy of the volunteer award, Ponikvar said, and they can be picked up at the United Way office, 600 Yampa Ave.

Applications also may be e-mailed or faxed, upon request.

For more information, call Ponikvar at 824-6222 or Erin Miller with the Moffat County Commission's office at 824-5517.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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