Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award Comes to Pittsburgh for 2nd Year

Direct Energy and Trib Total Media are proud to announce the launch of the second annual Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year award. Nominations are now being accepted through Sunday, January 6, 2013.

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program recognizes the significant efforts of individuals who make their communities a better place to live. 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, article and photo to be published in all Trib Total Media newspapers

First introduced in Alberta, Canada in 2005, the Volunteer Citizen of the Year award has been honoring volunteerism for seven successful years. Direct Energy has expanded its Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award program to the United States in Cleveland, Harrisburg, Columbus and Dayton. Last year, in its inaugural year in Pittsburgh, the program honored Stacy Berkoben of Arnold, PA for her dedication to Animal Protectors of the Allegheny Valley.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to once again join hands with Trib Total Media to bring this wonderful award program to our city,” said Cory Byzewski, Vice President and General Manager for Direct Energy. “We received so many impressive nominations last year and we look forward to receiving more and above all, honoring our second winner.”

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area communities served by the any of the Trib Total Media newspapers. 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.

“The volunteerism from residents in the Pittsburgh area and their devotion to our communities is remarkable,” said Lindsay Berdell, Director for Promotions and Marketing at Trib Total Media. “This program is a great way to help showcase and appreciate these selfless volunteers for their efforts and we look forward to honoring yet another winner.

Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, January 6th, 2013 at 11:59 pm. A selection committee from Direct Energy and Trib Total Media will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced in all Trib Total Media newspapers.

Complete rules, nomination form and other information are available online at http://www.directenergy.com/vcoy-pittsburgh/.

Thanks to Flickr user twenty_questions for this great photo!