Direct Energy Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Returns to Pittsburgh

Direct Energy Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Returns to PittsburghIn an effort to help honor Pittsburgh’s remarkable volunteer spirit, Direct Energy and media sponsor Trib Total Media, Inc. are proud to announce the launch of the third annual Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year award and the first ever Pittsburgh Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year award. Nominations are now being accepted and will close Sunday, February 23rd, 2014.

This annual award goes to the person or group who most exemplifies the volunteer spirit in each of the following age groupings:

  • Volunteer Citizen of the Year: 18+
  • Junior Volunteer Citizen of Year: 6-17

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program is designed to recognize the significant efforts of individuals whose contributions make their communities a better place to live. The awards consist of a $2,500 donation from Direct Energy to one winner in each age group’s 501(c)(3) accredited nonprofit organization of choice in their respective community. Additionally, each winner’s achievement will be recognized through a commemorative award and event.

Last year, in its second year in Pittsburgh, the program honored Teresa Amelio of the North Hills Community Outreach for establishing a community garden that benefits local families in need. This year marks the first time a Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year program will be launched in the U.S.

The Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year and Junior Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year awards are open to residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area served by any of the Trib Total Media, Inc. newspapers. 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 designated organization and how it would use the $2,500 donation from Direct Energy.

Nomination forms must be submitted by Sunday, February 23rd, 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 2014. Complete rules, the official nomination form, and all other information are available online at

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Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Adam P. Newton never acquired the charming accent that most life-long Texans possess in spades, but he’s OK with that. Adam currently creates and curates online content for Direct Energy. Before his career in content marketing, Adam spent several years toiling as a freelance music journalist.

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