In an effort to recognize volunteers who donate their time and energy to help older adults and persons with disabilities or behavioral health needs in Kansas, the state is beginning a Volunteer of the Month recognition program. Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Shawn Sullivan announced the program last week said that while many of the volunteers around Kansas expect nothing in return for their hard work and dedication, it is important to let them know how much they are appreciated.
Each monthly winner will receive a check for $50 and a $20 Walgreens gift card. According to a release from KDADS, the department chose to partner with Walgreens because of the company’s commitment to hiring persons with disabilities.
Beginning this month, KDADS will select a Volunteer of the Month. The winner will be chosen from nominations submitted to the department. Volunteers will be considered based on the following criteria:
n Outstanding performance in volunteer duties
n High level of willingness to help others
n Strong commitment to the volunteer program
n Good relationships with those the volunteer helps
To nominate a Volunteer of the Month, go to www.kdads.ks.gov. Winners will be notified by phone and email the first week of the following month in which they were nominated.