AWARD-WINNING VOLUNTEER CITIZEN OF THE YEAR PROGRAM COMES TO SYRACUSE

Direct Energy and Syracuse Media Group are proud to announce the launch of the first ever Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program. Nominations are now being accepted and are open to residents in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga, Tompkins, Cortland and Oneida counties of Central New York. Nominations will close on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013.

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program is designed to recognize the significant efforts of individuals whose contributions make their communities a better place to live. As an extension of Direct Energy’s vision to harness its energy expertise to make a positive difference in people’s lives, it encourages employees to volunteer their time and energy to causes or organizations in their local communities. Winner of the American Business Awards’ Silver Stevie®, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award honors those individuals outside of the company who do just that.

First introduced in Alberta, Canada in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award has been honoring volunteerism for nine successful years. Four years ago, Direct Energy expanded its Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program to the United States and now has programs in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Chicago, Central Illinois and New York’s Capital Region. Now, Direct Energy is bringing the renowned Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program to Central New York, with a partnership with Syracuse Media Group.

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with Syracuse Media Group to bring this honorable award to yet another New York city,” said Sayed Khoja, commercial director for Direct Energy. “We already know that Central New York is full of volunteers that give their heart and soul to others so I encourage everyone to take the time and nominate someone  to help us find the first ever Syracuse Volunteer Citizen of the Year.”

The award itself consists of:

  • $1,000 cash prize to the winner
  • $5,000 cash grant to the winner’s organization/cause of choice in their respective community
  • recognition of the winner’s achievement through a commemorative award

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year award is open to all residents in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga, Tompkins, Cortland and Oneida counties of Central New York. Individuals can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual or group. Nominations should be no longer than 750 words and must detail the specific contributions the individual or group has made to improve the community through volunteer service. The nomination must also profile the designated organization and how it would use the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy.

“We see this partnership with Direct Energy as a wonderful opportunity to recognize the efforts of Central New Yorkers who unselfishly share their time and talents to help those in need and we invite our readers to nominate volunteers worthy of this honor and monetary award,” said Tim Kennedy, president of Syracuse Media Group.

Online nomination forms must be submitted by Sunday, June 23rd at 11:59 pm EST and mail in entry forms must be postmarked by Saturday, June 22nd. A selection committee from Direct Energy and Syracuse Media Group will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced in July. Complete rules, the official nomination form and all other information are available online at http://www.directenergy.com/vcoy-syracuse.