Anyone who goes above and beyond to give of his or her time and skill to an organization or an individual is eligible for nomination as a Volunteer Star, and anyone may make a nomination.
A Volunteer Star could be someone who volunteers in a nonprofit organization or human service agency, a school, hospital or nursing home; but a star could also be someone who quietly helps another, said Shannon Morton, the local United Way’s director of volunteerism.
“The young person who shovels snow for an elderly person or someone who drives a neighbor to medical appointments is just as eligible to receive a Volunteer Star as is someone who volunteers for an established organization,” she said.
Nomination forms are available at ottawaunitedway.org (on the home page at right, click on “Volunteer” then click “Volunteer Recognition”); and at United Way offices in Holland at 115 Clover St., Suite 300; and in Grand Haven at 700 Fulton Ave. Those without Internet access or the ability to pick up a form may call 616-842-7130 in Grand Haven.
Completed nomination forms are due by March 19.
Volunteer Stars will be recognized during National Volunteer Recognition Week, April 15-21.