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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Give a special volunteer recognition...

It’s time once again to nominate a special volunteer for the annual Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards. Call 601-432-6779 to receive one by mail, pick up a GIVE application at the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, 3825 Ridgewood Rd. (6th floor) or complete the application online at www.MCVS.org. Whether online or by mail, submissions are due by February 4, 2005.

The ten (10) categories for consideration of 2004 GIVE Awards are Lifetime Achievement, Volunteer Service by Youth (18 and younger), Volunteer Service by Adults (ages 19-59), Volunteer Service by Seniors (60+), Volunteer Service in the Arts and Humanities, Volunteer Service by a Public Servant, Faith-Based Volunteer Service, Volunteer Service by a Media or News Organization, Volunteer Service by a Business or Corporation, and Volunteer Service by a Community Partnership (includes AmeriCorps, Learn & Serve America, and Senior Corps national service programs).

“We get almost 100 applications each year from volunteers across Mississippi. There are stories of young people who collected hundreds of coats and blankets; tales of senior citizens who have been volunteering at the same Senior Center literally for decades; information on parents who have made it their mission to coach little league and be involved in their schools,” says Marsha Meeks Kelly, Executive Director. “Our panel of independent judges has the difficult task of deciding who will receive the awards, but each volunteer is definitely a winner_”

The mission of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service is to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. As your state office of volunteerism, the MCVS oversees AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs. For more information on GIVE, please call 601-432-6779, toll free 1-800-393-1793, or visit www.MCVS.org.

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