Northern Kane Chamber seeks area’s top volunteers
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media August 28, 2013 4:48PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:50AM
Know an unsung hero in the community who could use some recognition?
The Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce is putting in place a program to do just that.
The Chamber is enlisting the help of officials from the five towns it encompasses — including East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Gilberts and Sleepy Hollow — to select honorees for the Volunteer of the Year award.
“The villages can dictate how they want to get their nominations and then narrow those down to the top three,” said Melissa Hernandez, president of the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber officials will then pick the winner from the 15 nominees. That person, along with all the nominees, will be honored during a recognition ceremony Nov. 19 at Randall Oaks Golf Club.
Volunteers of any age or voluntary organization that benefits the town he or she lives in can be nominated for the award.
The qualifying categories include social welfare, educational services, recreation, youth activities, cultural affairs, community affairs and any other voluntary service which contributes in enhancing the quality‐of‐life of citizens.
Hernandez hopes to see area residents get involved in the process.
“What the Chamber is looking to accomplish is to give people the opportunity to thank individuals we’ve seen that do so much in their community that don’t get exposure,” she said.
West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson lauds the Chamber for undertaking the program.
“I think it’s a really good thing,” he said. “It’s harder for some of the smaller communities like us to get a program like this off the ground but it’s still a very important thing to do. I’m grateful the Chamber is willing to coordinate it.”
The towns will begin seeking nominations through their websites and via e-mail blasts and social media.