Nominations being accepted for 2016 Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County awards

Volunteers make Worcester County a better place to live, work and visit. To honor volunteers whose contributions help improve the quality of life here locally, Worcester County residents are invited to nominate individuals, organizations and businesses for the 2016 Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County Awards. The deadline to submit nomination forms is May 16, 2016. A recognition ceremony for all nominees will take place in August. 

Nominations will be accepted with one winner to be chosen from each of the following categories: youth, individual, lifetime achievement, faith-based, group/team, non-profit volunteer program, corporate/business, community of service, and exemplary service-learning.

Five new categories have been added this year as well. These include city, county and state employee categories as well as first responder and veteran categories and are for volunteer services that take place outside their fields of paid employment.

“We’re thrilled to be able to include these five new categories this year,” Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley said. “With the expanded recognition, we are able to recognize hardworking government employees who give of themselves outside their paid jobs, to recognize a local business for tirelessly supporting our local nonprofits, civic, and faith-based organizations and their events, and to thank a veteran for ongoing volunteer work that supports his or her military brothers and sisters.

Nominees should reside in and represent the volunteer spirit of Worcester County.

The annual Volunteer Spirit of Worcester County awards program is run in cooperation with the annual Governor’s Service Awards recognition program.

Nomination forms are available online on the Worcester County website. Hard copies will be available at the following locations: Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill, all five Worcester County branch libraries or by contacting Worcester County Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley at 410-632-0090 or kbrinkley@co.worcester.md.us.