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Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2006 Governor?s Service Awards

January 9th, 2006

The Governor will give special recognition to five groups and five individuals who have contributed their time and effort to serving their communities. Among the top honors, he will announce Maine?s Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, the Excellence in Volunteer Administration Award, the National Service Volunteer Award, Outstanding Volunteer in a Public Sector Volunteer Program, Small Business Volunteerism Award, Corporate Volunteerism Award and Maine?s Non-Profit Certificate for Outstanding Contributions.

The event will also pay tribute to Maine?s Honor Roll, recognizing individuals who have volunteered 500 or more hours of documented service to their communities during the course of twelve months.

?Maine has a long withstanding tradition of public service,? Governor Baldacci stated, ?The Governor?s Service Awards not only present an opportunity to honor that tradition, but encourages more of Maine citizens to get involved in their communities. Volunteerism is an invaluable resource to Maine?s citizens, especially in trying times such as these.?

The Governor?s Service Awards were created 17 years ago in an effort to celebrate and recognize the exemplary work of Maine?s volunteer community. Nominations for the aforementioned categories are accepted in January and selected by a nine member panel composed of 3 board members from the Maine Volunteer Connection, 3 board members from the Maine Commission for Community Service, a legislator, a past recipient of the Excellence in Volunteer Administration Award and a member of the media.

Additional information about the Governor?s Service Awards, along with nomination criteria is available online at http://www.volunteermaine.org, or by contacting the Maine Commission for Community Service at 287-8931 or service.commission@maine.gov.

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