Nominate a volunteer for the Hon Kachina Awardby Carolyn Classen on Jan. 12, 2010, under Life, Politics
“Presented annually since 1977, the Hon Kachina Volunteer Awards program originated from a desire to both recognize the achievement of outstanding Arizona volunteers and to increase public awareness about the importance of volunteerism.”
Any high school age or older person who has dedicated “time, talent and resources to causes that include: health care; neighborhood revitalization; youth and senior activities; the arts,education; food banks and nutrition services; justice; social services or other volunteer activities” can be nominated.
Such an award is definitely needed for those of us who give our free time to the many causes in our community listed above. Tucsonan Dustin Cox received one of the 2008 awards for his work with Anytown Arizona, a non-profit organization that runs leadership programs for youths 13-24 to reduce racism, bias and bigotry. He is reported to be a Democratic candidate for a state House of Representatives seat in LD 27. I personally know Dustin and he was the only Tucsonan to receive this coveted award in 2008.
The 2009 recipients will be honored at an exclusive awards presentation on September 25, 2010, at Camelback Inn-A J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Each winner will receive a hand carved Hon Kachina doll, the “most powerful healing Kachina in the Hopi Indian culture” plus a cash award for their nonprofit organization.
Go online to nominate at www.honkachina.org, deadline is Friday Jan. 29. Tucson is a city of many deserving, dedicated volunteers and more statewide nominations are still needed. Or you can mail the nomination to 3104 East Camelback Road, Suite 212, Phoenix, Arizona 85016. Contact phone number is (480) 905-1578.
Over 350 recipients have been recognized (since 1977) and “stand as an example to the
community that one person’s efforts can and do make a difference.”
The Hon Kachina Council is a group of business and professional people,affiliated with St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, who promote and support community volunteerism.
So nominate someone today!