Vision Noblesville seeking nominees

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The City of Noblesville is looking to recognize any Noblesville resident or Noblesville-based organization that has voluntarily contributed their time and talent to the betterment of others with a new program created by Vision Noblesville – the Volunteer Awards. Nominations are currently being sought for this year’s program and applications will be accepted until March 20.

“We know there are good volunteers and companies in the city, and we wanted to create an annual event to recognize that,” Cindy Benedict, Community Vision for Excellence manager, said.

Individual volunteers may be nominated in the following categories: lifetime achievement; all-around; faith-based; youth; and national service member. Businesses may be nominated in the corporate category. Groups and classes may be nominated in the exemplary service-learning category. A Volunteer Council consisting of Noblesville residents as well as representatives from local businesses, Vision Noblesville and the City of Noblesville will evaluate all nominations.

“The only request is the volunteer lives in Noblesville or the organization is located in Noblesville,” Benedict said. “We’re not worried about where you do volunteer work.”

Finalists will be honored at the May 22 Noblesville Chamber of Commerce luncheon entitled “Volunteers: The HEART of Community.” The luncheon will feature speakers David Helmer and Mayor John Ditslear. Helmer is the co-founder and owner of Helmer Scientific located in Noblesville and actively practices and promotes volunteerism.

“The chamber is pleased to partner with the City of Noblesville to recognize the volunteers who use their time and talent to make Noblesville a better place to live and work,” said Noblesville Chamber President Sharon McMahon. “Volunteers who work with the chamber are, like many other community volunteers, usually very much ‘behind the scenes’ and not seeking recognition for their efforts. The chamber staff could not accomplish all that we do without our volunteer board of directors, committee participants and special event volunteers.”

The form is modeled after the annual Governor’s Awards for Volunteer Service, which all winning applications will be nominated for by the city.

“We hope some of our deserving winners might receive state recognition,” Benedict said.

Those interested in nominating an exemplary volunteer or learning more about the nomination criteria should visit www.VisionNoblesville.com. Benedict said nominations can be self-made.

“We feel very fortunate to live in a city with such strong community support and want to recognize unsung heroes,” Benedict said.

For more information, contact Cindy Benedict at 770-2007 or cbenedict@noblesville.in.us.

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