Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Comes to Dayton

With a media sponsorship from the Dayton Daily News, Direct Energy is proud to announce the launch of the first ever Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program. Nominations are now being accepted and will close Sunday, September 9th, 2012.

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. As an extension of an existing Direct Energy program that encourages employees to volunteer their time and energy to causes or organizations in their local communities, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award honors those individuals outside of the company who do just that.

First introduced in Alberta, Canada in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award has been honoring volunteerism for six successful years. Additionally, a Junior Citizen of the Year was launched in Ontario in 2009, allowing for recognition of youth ages 6 to 17. Direct Energy expanded its Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program to the United States in Cleveland two years ago and in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg this past year. Direct Energy is now sponsored by Ohio’s premiere newspaper, the Dayton Daily News, to bring the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program to Dayton.

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with the Dayton Daily News to bring this honorable award to yet another city in Ohio,” said Cory Byzewski, Vice President and General Manager for Direct Energy. “Given our success in Cleveland in finding exceptional volunteers, we are impressed with the goodwill of Ohioans. I’d encourage everyone to take some time and nominate an exceptional volunteer to help us in search of the first ever Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year.”
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

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to all residents of communities in the Dayton Daily News 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 designated organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy.

Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at 11:59 pm. A selection committee from Direct Energy and the Dayton Daily News will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced by the end of September. Complete rules, the official nomination form and all other information are available online at http://www.directenergy.com/vcoy-dayton.

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