DO you know someone who dedicates their spare time to helping others? Or someone with a can-do attitude and commitment to their community?
Now is the time to nominate these special individuals for the United Way 2013 Volunteer Recognition Awards.
Now in their fourth year, the awards aim to recognise more than 30,000 people and organisations in the region who selflessly volunteer their time to the community.
United Way chief executive officer Geoff Sharp said the awards were an integral part of recognising the things people did which often went unnoticed.
“This is all about profiling volunteering in Ballarat,” Mr Sharp said.
“Volunteering is such a big part of strong communities and it’s important that these people and organisations who are doing such great things are rewarded with some recognition.”
The awards are split into two types which recognise individuals and organisations. Categories include youth services, community health and care, community service, emergency services, sporting organisations and arts.
SES volunteer support officer Grant Bradshaw said the awards were an important part of acknowledging the efforts of organisation members.
“It really is just a pat on the back for those doing something so worthwhile,” Mr Bradshaw said.
A panel comprising representatives from the community will select finalists for each category, with winners announced at an awards presentation on May 18.
Nominations close March 25 and forms are available at www.unitedwayballarat.com.au