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Outstanding volunteers sought for recognition

March 7, 2019 GMT

The United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, the Community Foundation of the Kankakee River Valley and the Pledge for Life Partnership Volunteer Recognition luncheon will be held April 26 at the Kankakee Country Club, and the Volunteer Recognition Committee is seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers.

Nominations for outstanding volunteers are being accepted through March 15 in arts and culture; civic; religious/spiritual; social service; education; environment/health; and recreation/sports; and youth volunteers younger than the age of 21.

Nominees must be from Kankakee County or volunteer in Kankakee County. Organizations can only nominate one individual adult or couple and one youth.

All nominees will be honored during the event.

“Since 1989, our community has been recognizing the endless hours donated by volunteers that exemplify the heart of our community. Nearly 1,000 dedicated individuals have been honored at this event over the years,” said Debra Baron, co-chair of the event and a founding member of the past presidents council of the Junior League of Kankakee County that initiated the awards program 30 years ago. “This year, I encourage you to think of an amazing colleague who gives of his or her time, talent and resources to serve others in Kankakee County.”

Anita Schluter, event co-chair and a member of the first planning committee, commented, “It’s a time unlike any other in the community, when we find ourselves reflecting on all the good that is and has taken place thanks to the many serving hands and dedicated hearts of men, women and youth who give so freely to make our corner of the world a better place.”

To download the nomination form, visit myunitedway.org or pledgeforlife.org.

For more information, contact Baron at 1-815-932-2819 or email at k3covolunteer@gmail.com.