Nominations are now being accepted for the "Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award," designed to honor volunteerism and community service work in the names of the longtime community advocates. Nominations will be accepted through June 30. Forms are available online and at the Board of Commissioners office in Suite 410 of Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street. Nominees will be evaluated based on four criteria:
- Vision and action: seeing a need in their community and taking steps to meet that need
- Selflessness and sacrifice: devoting their time and energy in service to their community without seeking recognition or reward
- Commitment and perseverance: working through difficulties and challenges to achieve their goal
- Impact: making a positive impact in their community through their work and serving as encouragement for others to do likewise
The award will be presented on September 29. Recipients will receive an individual plaque and their names will be included on a perpetual plaque that will remain in the Commissioners' office.