sought fro Brightest Star awards
Sharon Florence of Boise has been a voice in court for more than 100 children in foster care for more than 20 years. Many of these children now have safe homes, free of abuse and neglect. Florence, a recipient of a 2009 Governor's Brightest Star Award, was one of 67 businesses, groups and individuals recognized for their outstanding volunteer efforts last year.
Nominations for the 2010 awards are due by Sept. 20, 2010.
The Governor's Brightest Star Awards recognize the state's “unsung heroes” whose volunteerism positively impacts the quality of life within their communities. Awards are presented in the following six categories:
Individual; Student; School; Organization (non-profit or service club); Small Business (fewer than 100 employees); Corporation (more than 99 employees)
Last year's recipients were recognized for everything from making baseball fields safe for children to cleaning up Idaho's highways, teaching financial literacy classes at homeless shelters, providing reusable shopping bags and nutritional cookbooks to local food banks, and providing at-risk students with opportunities to contribute to their communities through voluntary service.
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will honor Idaho's 2010 Brightest Stars during a Nov. 10 ceremony at the Boise State University Student Union ballroom. Nomination forms are available online at http://www.brighteststars.idaho.gov/nomination_process.htm or by calling Serve Idaho at 208-332-3578 or 1-800-588-3334 (inside Idaho).
Serve Idaho acts on behalf of the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism and is part of the Idaho Department of Labor. The program encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout Idaho. The Serve Idaho Commission administers Idaho’s National Service Program and AmeriCorps. Serve Idaho staff provides technical assistance in volunteer management during times of disaster, celebrates the outstanding contributions of Idaho volunteers through the annual Governor’s Brightest Star Awards. Its goal is to engage more Idahoans in volunteerism. Serve Idaho is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Idaho Department of Labor.