As we do every year, we will soon honor a particularly service-oriented Tri-Lakes resident as our Volunteer of the Year, and we need you to help us by nominating someone.
The final deadline we can accept Volunteer of the Year nominations is four weeks from today - Friday, Feb. 18, by the time our office closes at 5:30 p.m. Our staff will then choose a Volunteer of the Year from among your nominations.
A story about the chosen volunteer, along with feature articles on other local volunteer benefactors and a thorough directory of local resources, will appear in the Community Resource Directory, which will be distributed inside the Enterprise on March 18.
The Volunteer of the Year should be someone who has made a real, active commitment to helping out in his or her community. It could be someone who seems to always be helping out with one activity or another, someone who has demonstrated unwavering support to just one program for many years, or someone who has made huge contributions in the past year in a single area.
Hundreds of organizations in the North Country depend on volunteerism to operate. Some use volunteers merely as a supplement; others lean on them completely. People are fed and clothed, the terminally ill are cared for, homes are built, fires are extinguished, campaigns are run, libraries are maintained, and the natural environment is managed with the help of volunteers.
Those who take time out of their personal lives to contribute to a worthy cause deserve the utmost appreciation. That's why we sponsor this award.
The volunteer cannot receive any compensation for what he or she does - except, perhaps, for the sense of accomplishment after helping someone or something in need.
In the Tri-Lakes, we have many of these people. Let's show them we appreciate what they do and let them know that their sacrifices are not in vain.
You can mail your nomination to Volunteer of the Year, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, P.O. Box 318, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. You can also drop it off to us at 54 Broadway, Saranac Lake, fax it to 891-2756 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. However you do it, please put "Volunteer of the Year" right up at the top so we know right away what it's about.
Thank you for volunteering, and thank you for nominating.