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Idaho Volunteers Recognized with Governor Andrus Volunteer of the Year Award

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For Immediate Release: Nov. 20, 2020
Media Contact: Renee Bade, renee.bade@labor.idaho.gov

Three volunteers were recognized for their outstanding contributions to Idaho during the annual Idaho Philanthropy Day Awards held earlier this month.

Alina Rahim, Bill “Action” Jackson and Mary Robinette all received the Gov. Cecil D. Andrus Volunteer of the Year award in the ceremony, presented by the Idaho Nonprofit Center in partnership with Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. Tracy Andrus, daughter of the late Gov. Andrus, presented the awards to each of the winners during the virtual ceremony.

Rahim of Pocatello was recognized for her volunteer contributions in eastern Idaho. At age 13, she created an  organization called Youth Activism Society (YAS) whose mission is to empower local youth to advocate for marginalized communities and volunteer with local initiatives. The organization has expanded with five chapters across the United States. Outside of her work with YAS, Rahim has volunteered with The Idaho Foodbank, her local soup kitchen, the Shoshone-Bannock tribe and in medical clinics in Nepal.

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Governor Little Appoints New Commissioners to Serve Idaho

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For Immediate Release: Nov. 19, 2020
Media Contact: Renee Bade, renee.bade@labor.idaho.gov

Gov. Brad Little appointed three commissioners to Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism in October. The new commissioners are Hillary Blackstone, Mat Erpelding and Katie Mathias all of Boise.

The three join the existing organization of 15 governor-appointed commissioners whose mission is: “To inspire and recognize volunteers and empower communities through service and AmeriCorps to solve Idaho’s unmet needs.”

“Our commissioners bring a wealth of knowledge and energy to the commission as well as first-hand knowledge of the benefits and rewards of service in our communities,” said Renee Bade, program manager for Serve Idaho.

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More than 50 Idahoans Receive Awards for Volunteerism and Philanthropy

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For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2020
Media Contact: Renee Bade, Renee.Bade@labor.idaho.gov

More than 50 Idahoans will be honored at the Idaho Philanthropy Day award presentations in November at regional celebrations.

“Every year the selection process becomes harder and harder,” said Amy Little, CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. “Idaho has so many impressive citizens and we cannot wait to give their generosity center stage this fall.”

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Bade of Serve Idaho Receives National Leadership Award from America’s Service Commissions

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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.

photo of Renee Bade

Renee Bade

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.

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Serve Idaho Announces $50,000 in Funding for Planning Grant

Idaho nonprofit, educational, community and faith-based organizations, Indian tribes and local governments are eligible to apply for federal funding through Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. The $50,000 will be awarded to one organization to fund a planning grant on the feasibility of operating an AmeriCorps program.

Interested organizations have until Sept. 17 to submit an application.

A notice of intent to apply for a grant must be filed by 4:30 p.m. MDT Sept. 8. The intent to apply can be found at serveidaho.gov/grantsFunding.  A mandatory technical assistance call will be held Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. MDT.

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Idaho Receives More than $1.5 Million in Funding for AmeriCorps Programs

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For Immediate Release: Aug. 3 2020
Media Contact: Renee Bade, Renee.Bade@labor.idaho.gov

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism has received a $1,508,524 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund AmeriCorps programs in 2020-2021. The grants will support the service of 224 AmeriCorps members statewide. AmeriCorps members give a year of intensive service, on a full-time or part-time basis.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • Idaho State University – Idaho Healthcare for Children and Families AmeriCorps Program
    $542,777 to fund 94 AmeriCorps members who will address health needs of Idaho’s low-income children and families in rural underserved areas of Idaho by providing health screenings and education.

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Awards Ceremony to Recognize Idaho’s Top Volunteers and Philanthropists

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For Immediate Release: July 9, 2020
Media Contact: Renee Bade, renee.bade@labor.idaho.gov

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is partnering with the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s annual Idaho Philanthropy Day.

The event will recognize Idaho’s top volunteers and philanthropists with a series of ceremonies that will take place in November in northern, southwestern and eastern Idaho. The event will replace the annual Idaho’s Brightest Stars ceremony in Boise previously hosted by Serve Idaho.

“We are excited for this amazing opportunity to partner with the Idaho Nonprofit Center and other partners to recognize Idaho residents who give of their time, talents and treasures to better their communities” said Renee Bade, Serve Idaho program supervisor.

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Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism Seeking Commission Applicants

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For Immediate Release: March 3, 2020
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, is seeking applicants to serve a three-year term as a commissioner. The mission of Serve Idaho is “to inspire and recognize volunteers and empower communities through service and AmeriCorps to solve Idaho’s unmet needs.”

The commission is seeking the following applicants:

  • A representative of business.
  • A representative from a national service program.
  • An individual with expertise in the educational, training and development needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth.
  • A representative with experience in promoting the involvement of older adults (age 55 and older) in service and volunteerism.
  • A youth between the ages of 16 and 25 who is a participant in or supervisor of a service program for school-age youth, a campus-based program or national service program.

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Idaho Teens Earn National Volunteer Award

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For Immediate Release: Feb. 26, 2020
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Idaho teens Lilian Smith of Coeur d’ Alene and Kaleb Chatelain of Ammon were named Idaho’s top two youth volunteers of 2020 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  The award program, in its 25th year, honors young people in each state for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Smith and Chatelain will be awarded $1,000 each, an engraved medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for four days of national recognition events.

Smith, 17, a junior at Coeur d’ Alene High School, co-founded a nonprofit that has organized competitive math teams and/or peer mentoring math programs at 12 local schools over the past three years. When Lilian was in fifth grade, she joined a math team and loved it. But “I knew that many kids in my community, especially at schools that serve low-income families, did not have this opportunity,” she said. So three years ago, Lilian outlined a program that could encourage kids to have fun with STEM subjects while improving their math and critical thinking skills.

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Idaho Volunteers Recognized at Brightest Stars Awards Ceremony

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For Immediate Release: Jan. 16, 2020
Information Contact: Renee Bade (208) 332-3578, ext. 4061

Seventy-one outstanding volunteers from throughout Idaho were honored as stars Wednesday by Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, at Idaho’s Brightest Stars ceremony in Boise.

Dawn-Marie Johnson

Dawn-Marie Johnson of Kamiah was recognized in the Individual category.

“Volunteerism is a gift that benefits citizens and addresses needs in communities throughout our state,” said Gov. Brad Little.  “These men and women are not seeking recognition, but it is important to acknowledge these Brightest Star recipients and their generous commitment to giving to others and ensuring a bright future for all citizens.”

Jim Kinnard of Coeur d’Alene was recognized in the Student category.

The volunteers were nominated for their contributions in seven categories – Business, Individual, Nonprofit/Civic Organization, Senior Citizen, Student, Teacher/Professor and Veteran. Awardees were nominated by Idahoans throughout the state and a panel of community reviewers made
the final selection.

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