For Immediate Release: Sept. 25, 2020
Media Contact: Kirstin Mann, Kirstin.Mann@labor.idaho.gov
Renee Bade, program supervisor of Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, was named 2020 Outstanding Commission Executive Director of the year Thursday at a virtual awards ceremony held by America’s Service Commissions (ASC) at the association’s annual Innovation and Leadership Awards.
The awards program is held each year to recognize the leadership and accomplishments of state service commissions and their commissioners, staff, service programs and legislative champions from across the United States and its territories. The event was celebrated virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bade was nominated by one of her staff, who writes, “When I think of a true public servant, I think of Renee Bade.” Community service has been a large part of Renee’s life from an early age. She began volunteering in Head Start classrooms at age 8 and is now community service chair for the Boise Centennial Rotary Club and former chair of the Boise Young Professionals.
Bade’s collaborations with local partners such as the Idaho Nonprofit Center, Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Human Rights Commission, Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services, United Way and Idaho State Broadcasting Association have been instrumental in meeting Idaho’s service needs.
Because of her efforts, Bade and Serve Idaho were also able to host the 2019 ASC National Service Regional Training Conference in Boise for the first time, and she continues to help other state service commissions.
“It’s an honor to recognize Renee Bade for her innovation and dedication to strengthening service and volunteering in Idaho, especially at this critical juncture in our nation’s history,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “We are grateful for Renee’s tireless work to meet the moment through service, in spite of a global pandemic and greater challenges than we ever could have imagined a year ago.”
Serve Idaho, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor, encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state. It administers Idaho’s National Service Program, AmeriCorps, provides technical assistance in volunteer management and celebrates the outstanding contributions of Idaho’s volunteers. The Serve Idaho Commission is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Idaho Department of Labor.
About America’s Service Commissions
America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and promoting the 52 state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,200 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering nearly 80 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs. Learn more at statecommissions.org.
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