Oregon Volunteers, the Commission for Voluntary Action & Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards. These awards shine the spotlight on trailblazing individuals, businesses and nonprofits that are creating positive change throughout Oregon.

The awards are given at both the regional and statewide levels, and will honor individuals and groups in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer (age 18 or younger)
  • Outstanding Adult Volunteer (age 19 – 54)
  • Outstanding Senior Volunteer (age 55 or better)
  • Outstanding Volunteer Program
  • Outstanding Statewide Volunteer Program (operating in 3 or more Regions)
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer Program or Group
  • Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program, and
  • Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement (at least 10 years of service)

“Here in Oregon, we’re fortunate to have a strong tradition of volunteering, and the stories of the tremendous work these volunteers are doing throughout our state are not only inspiring, but serve as reminders that each of us benefits from volunteerism,” said J. Michael Schultz, the Chair of the State Committee on Volunteerism. “These awards recognize the outstanding volunteers and volunteer programs that are strengthening our communities and improving the quality of life for Oregon residents every day.”

Deadline to submit nominations for highest volunteer award in the state is May 10, 2010.

Nomination forms and additional information are available online at www.oregonvolunteers.org