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The 2014 Volunteers of the Year luncheon will be held May 1, 2014 at the University Center Club.

Continue to check our website for updates on the 36th annual Volunteers of the Year!

Volunteers of the Year is one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s premier events, and we are asking you to nominate the organizations and people who volunteer their time and effort to make our community great.

There are seven categories for individual nominations: Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, Social and Civic Services, Student, and Professional Volunteer Coordinator. For group nominations, the two categories are Business/Government Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations/Clubs. More information about the categories can be found under the Nominate tab.

The Tallahassee Democrat also donates $300 to a local charity or organization in the names of each of the top finalists in eight of the nine categories. Recipients of these donations will be announced at the annual luncheon.

Individual nominees will also be eligible for the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Started in 1973 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the award recognizes outstanding volunteer and public service by individuals around the country and culminates in a two-day, all expense paid trip to Washington D.C., where individuals are recognized at an evening banquet. You can learn more at http://www.jeffersonawards.org.

Please nominate up to three candidates for 2014 Volunteers of the Year honors. If more than three are submitted, all will be returned. See the “Nominate” tab for the Nomination Form. Donations can be made under the “Donate” tab.

2014 completed nomination packets are due to the Tallahassee Democrat no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2014.