Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 2, 2013

Governor’s Service Awards nominations being accepted

Staff Writer

— The Governor’s Service Awards are Indiana’s most prestigious awards celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated volunteers and servant leaders from across the state.

Nominations are currently being accepted for people who display exemplary service through volunteering in the categories of communities of service, corporate service, youth service, national service, service-learning, faith-based service, volunteerism, and lifetime achievement. The awards are presented annually as part of the Governor’s Conference on Service and Non-profit Capacity Building.

“In the spirit of the raised torch on our state flag, Indiana is blessed with a great number of extraordinary people lighting the way for their neighbors and communities,” Gov. Mike Pence said in a press release. “I encourage Hoosiers to make a nomination and show their gratitude to a service-minded individual, corporate entity, service-learning group, or organization.”

As in previous years, the goal of the conference will be to provide a forum where Indiana non-profit leaders, volunteer coordinators, national service members, and service-learning participants can engage in meaningful dialogue, exchange best practices, receive valuable training, establish partnerships, and celebrate accomplishments.

“I’m confident that there are many Hoosiers in each of Indiana’s 92 counties who are deserving of these awards,” OFBCI Executive Director Jeff Cardwell said. “Whether you or someone you know serves Indiana through a faith-based organization, a community group, or through an independent service initiative, we encourage you to nominate them or yourself for an opportunity to be recognized at this joyous event.”

To nominate an individual or yourself, download the nomination form from the website at www.in.gov/ofbci/awards.htm.

The website also includes links to photos and video testimony from past years’ awardees.

Once the form is completed, it may be submitted electronically or by mail. The OFBCI requests that all nominations be submitted by July 19.

For more information regarding the conference or the service awards, contact conference coordinator Debbie Pidgeon by e-mailing to dpidgeon@ofbci.in.gov.