As both local newspapers have done for the last 21 years, the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise will soon honor a particularly service-oriented Tri-Lakes resident as the Volunteer of the Year, and as always, help is needed in suggesting people deserving of the honor.
Hundreds of functions in the North Country depend on volunteerism. People are fed and clothed, the terminally ill are cared for, homes are built, fires are extinguished, campaigns are run, libraries are maintained, and the natural environment is managed by volunteers. Those who take time out of their personal lives to contribute to a worthy cause deserve the utmost appreciation. That's why both newspapers sponsor this award. There are so many incredible volunteers in our area; let's show them what they do is appreciated.
Each of the Tri-Lakes villages has its own volunteer awards, but this is the only one for the entire area.
The final deadline Volunteer of the Year nominations can be accepted is 9 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, and nominations must be received by that date to be considered. That gives you two weeks to nominate someone. The staff of both papers will then choose a winner from among your nominations.
The Volunteer of the Year should be someone who has made a real, active commitment to helping out in his or her community. It could be someone who helps in many areas or someone who has fulfilled a strong commitment to one program for a long time. It could be someone whose volunteerism is measured in decades or someone who made huge contributions in the past year. The Volunteer of the Year cannot receive any compensation for what he or she does - except, perhaps, for the sense of accomplishment after helping someone or something in need.
Your nomination should contain a written description of the volunteer work your nominee does and why you think the person deserves the award.
You can submit your nomination by email to news@lakeplacidnews or by mail to Volunteer of the Year, Lake Placid News, 6179 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. You can also drop it off to us or fax it to 5231351. However you do it, please put "Volunteer of the Year" right up at the top. Nominations can also be dropped off to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise office at 54 Broadway, Saranac Lake.
A story about the chosen volunteer, along with feature articles on other local volunteer benefactors and a thorough directory of local resources, will appear in the Community Resource Guide, which will be distributed inside the LPN in March.
Thank you for volunteering, and thank you for nominating.