Volunteer Citizen of the Year Recent News

Direct Energy recently announced Harrisburg’s second annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year and introduced the program for Central Central Illinois.

 Second Annual Harrisburg Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award

Direct Energy, PennLive and The Patriot-News of PA Media Group are honoring Paul Garrett of Camp Hill, PA as Harrisburg’s second annual Volunteer Citizen of the Year. Garrett, a retired school teacher and Master Gardner, educates students and adults on environmental issues. He is also the co-leader for the annual production of the Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival and is currently engaged in the development of the Mechanicsburg Area School District’s Trails and Trees Environmental Center, a 26-acre indoor and outdoor site that includes natures trails, classrooms, living nature specimens and alternative energy sources.

By winning the Harrisburg Volunteer Citizen of the Year award, Garrett will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a $5,000 donation to the Mechanicsburg Area School District’s Trails and Trees Environmental Center. The donation will be used to finish the science laboratory in the center, providing a unique and scholastic experience for students.

A special event honoring Paul Garrett will be held at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building Rotunda on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 6:00 pm. Representatives from Direct Energy, PennLive and The Patriot-News will be on hand to present Paul with his award. The Pennsylvania State Capitol Building is located at North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

VOLUNTEER CITIZEN OF THE YEAR PROGRAM COMES TO CENTRAL ILLINOIS

Direct Energy and the Journal Star are proud to announce the launch of the first ever Central Illinois Volunteer Citizen of the Year award program. Nominations are now being accepted and will close on Sunday, May 26th, 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.

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

Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at 11:59 pm. A selection committee from Direct Energy and the Journal Star will review the submissions, and the winner will be announced in June. Complete rules, the official nomination form and all other information are available online at http://www.directenergy.com/vcoy-CentralIL.