Time to start planning who to nominate for volunteerism awards.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — The Community Council is looking for a few good men, and women, to honor.
Every year, during an annual Christmas dinner, the Wake Forest organization celebrates volunteers through the presentation of three awards: Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year and Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award.
But organizers are concerned they’re not getting enough nominations, and that some people may not be aware the awards exist.
“We want to raise awareness for how people can say ‘thank you,’ for volunteers,” said Carolyn Furr, a Wake Forest Community Council representative, herself a perennial volunteer for a variety of causes. “I don’t think a lot of new people recognize they can honor their neighbor for what they do in the community.”
The awards dinner is the first Monday after Thanksgiving. Nominations are due Nov. 6.
The council will meet this month to tweak and approve the official form, but Furr said she wants people to start thinking now about potential nominees.
To qualify for citizen of the year, a person must have performed community service focusing on the past year (November 2012-October 2013). The nominee may have other achievements or accolades and should display citizenship in some fashion.
The organization of the year is judged on similar qualities of its members, their activities and accomplishments.
The lifetime achievement award is named for longtime Wake Weekly editor Peggy Allen, who was well known for her time spent volunteering at church and in the community.
The rules have recently changed for that category. The minimum of at least five years of service to the Wake Forest community has been upped to 10 years. Service to other communities will also be taken into account.
“All … have to do with the amount of volunteer service,” said Furr, using by way of example the many hours members of the Wake Forest Fourth of July committee put in for the Independence Day activities.
Last year’s winners are well-known for their efforts locally. Heather Loftin Holding was Citizen of the Year, the General James Moore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was the organization chosen and Karen Winstead took home the Peggy Allen Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We really have some fantastic people in this town. We really do,” Furr said. “I’d really like to see more of these volunteers get a pat on the back.”
When the forms are released in September, they can be picked up at the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce and other locations, to be announced.
For more information, contact Furr at firstname.lastname@example.org.