HANCOCK - Compassionate. Motivated. Giving. These are all terms that describe the recipient of the Heart and Hands Award, and the committee is searching for this year's recipient.
Terry Kinzel of the Heart and Hands Award Committee said they are now accepting nominations for a recipient.
"When my parents died, we made an endowment," he said.
The 2010 Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award winner Cindy Drake and two of her three daughters, Lila, 10, and Samantha, 7, stand on the deck of the Marsin Retreat Center located in Oskar. The retreat center is owned by the Keweenaw Land Trust, a foundation that Drake helped found. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette file photo)
The search began for people who have given themselves "in the service of peace, justice or the environment in the local community."
"Consider nominating this person or a couple for this year's Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award," he said.
Two awards are given every year -one for an adult and the other for someone 18 years or younger, he said.
The winners then choose a charity to donate their prize money to, he said.
"We want to give them the recognition they deserve," he said. "This is an award to acknowledge people who may not otherwise be acknowledged."
The adult winner of this award will be given $1,000 and the youth will be given $250 to be designated to the nonprofit charities of their choice.
During the Fourth of July celebration in Hancock, the winners and all of the nominees are acknowledged, Kinzel said.
"A good recipient has gone out of the way to help something that is valuable to the community," he said.
Nominations are due June 23. Nominations should include a description of how the candidate has had a significant impact on the local community in the area of peace, justice, human needs and/or environmental stewardship. Kinzel asks those nominating others to be specific on the nomination forms.
"The nomination form only takes a moment to fill out and the recognition will mean a lot to a deserving individual," he said.
"We have three nominations so far this year, but it's early."
Nomination forms can be obtained from Kinzel by calling 906-482-6827 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.