Direct Energy's Cleveland Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Returns for Fourth Year

In an effort to help recognize Cleveland’s amazing volunteer spirit, Direct Energy and media sponsor Sun News are proud to announce the launch of the fourth annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award. Nominations are now being accepted and will close Thursday, November 28th, 2013.

The 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:

  • $1,000 cash prize to the winner;
  • $5,000 cash grant to the winner’s organization/cause of choice in their respective community
  • recognition of the winner’s achievement through a commemorative award

Last year’s winner, Donna Herbst of Chesterland, Ohio, chose the Helping Hands Ministry at St. Paschal Baylon, as the beneficiary of her $5,000. The money was used to help fund a new van to transport the Ministry’s volunteers, food, clothes and other much needed goods to residents in Cleveland communities that may not be able to travel to receive the supplies they need to make it from week to week.

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to residents of any of the 47 Greater Cleveland communities served by Sun News. Individuals can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual or group.  Nominations should be no longer than 750 words and detail the specific contributions the individual or group has made to improve the community through volunteer service. The nomination should also profile the designated organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy.

Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. A selection committee from Direct Energy will review the submissions and the winner will be announced in December.

Complete rules, the nomination form and other information is available online at