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Elk Grove volunteers have a chance to be recognized by the city. Here’s how to nominate someone

If you know someone who does outstanding work and should be recognized for their achievements, Elk Grove is giving you the opportunity to nominate them.

The city is fielding nominations for its “Stars of Service” awards, which highlight individuals and groups who devote their time to improving the quality of life for residents in Elk Grove.

According to the city’s website, any individual, group, business, agency or organization whose volunteer activities directly benefit the Elk Grove community is eligible.

Some examples of their work could consist of: their commitment to volunteerism, for example, helping with a special project or ongoing activities; exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in service to others; or being a role model and inspiring others.

According to the city’s website, the recognition first began in 2012.

The awards are separated into six categories.

The residents, neighborhood and community groups award recognizes the contribution of volunteers who work towards improving Elk Grove neighborhoods and make an overall positive impact on the community.

According to the city website, this could be volunteers who assist in urban planning projects, rebuilding parks, public safety initiatives, neighborhood watch programs, environmental clean-ups, special events and graffiti removal.

The social and community service awards honor volunteers who demonstrated caring actions and acts of humanitarianism such as working with seniors, children, individuals with disabilities, social care, family services, health care and public safety.

The arts, culture and heritage award is reserved for those who contribute through visual and performing arts, music, theater and dance. The award is also suited for volunteers who help to preserve the city’s heritage.

The sports and recreation award is for local coaches, trainers or individuals who show their passion for sports, recreation and healthy lifestyles through their involvement and commitment to athletics or sporting organizations.

The award for service organizations or groups recognizes volunteer work done by groups.

Volunteer organization Elk Grove Anti-Trash was recognized in 2021 with an award as a service organization or group, for its commitment to keeping the city clean.

“The cleanups are significant to all of us since nobody likes to live in a city that looks trashy,” Sharon Anderson, one of the Elk Grove Anti-Trash group administrators and organizers, told The Sacramento Bee in a December 2023 interview.

The young volunteer of the year award is for residents under 25 who demonstrate great volunteerism.

Nominations for all awards should be submitted online through the city’s website. Those who prefer to submit a paper application, can email administrative assistant Tamara Clarke at tclarke@elkgrovecity.org.

The deadline to nominate groups or individuals is Feb. 29.