The Direct Energy Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is an extension of an existing Direct Energy program that encourages company employees to volunteer their time and energy to a cause or an organization in their local community.
The award itself consists of:
- $5,000 donation to the winner’s 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit organization of choice in their respective community
- recognition of the winner’s achievement through a commemorative award
Last year, in its inaugural year in Cincinnati, the program honored Elizabeth “Libby” Hunter for co-founding WordPlay Cincy, a nonprofit organization located in Cincinnati’s Northside that offers a safe and inspirational haven where children are supported in literacy with homework help, reading and writing skills and creative projects that promote self-expression.
The Cincinnati Volunteer Citizen of the Year award is open to all residents of communities in Local 12’s coverage area. Individuals can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual or group. Nominations should be no longer than 750 words and must detail the specific contributions the individual or group has made to improve the community through volunteer service. The nomination must also profile the 501(c)(3) approved nonprofit organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy.
Nomination forms must be submitted by Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. A selection committee, chosen by Direct Energy, will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced in March. Complete rules, the official nomination form and all other information are available online at www.DirectEnergyVCOY.com.
This post was written by Julie Hendry, External Communications Specialist for Direct Energy in Pittsburgh, PA.