Nominations Deadline for 2007 Governor’s Service Awards ExtendedFebruary 16, 2007 - TRCAUGUSTA - Today the Office of the Governor and the Maine Commission for Community Service announced that the nomination deadline for the 2007 Governor’s Service Awards will be extended through February 28, 2007. Honorees, including Maine’s Volunteer of the Year, will be announced by the Governor at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in April.The Governor will pay special recognition to individuals and organizations who have contributed their time and effort to serving their communities. In addition to Maine’s Volunteer of the Year, Governor Baldacci will announce the Youth Volunteer of the Year, the Excellence in Volunteer Administration Award, the National Service Volunteer Award, Outstanding Volunteer in a Public Sector Volunteer Program, Small Business Volunteerism Award, Corporate Volunteerism Award and Maine’s Non-Profit Certificate for Outstanding Contributions. The awards will also pay tribute to Maine’s Honor Roll, recognizing individuals who have volunteered 500 or more hours of documented service to their communities during the course of twelve months.“Maine has a long withstanding tradition of public service,” Governor Baldacci said. “The Governor’s Service Awards not only presents an opportunity to honor that tradition, but encourages more of Maine citizens to get involved in their communities. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our state, a vital part of our economy, and one of the qualities that make Maine such a great place to live.”Maine ranks as the second highest New England state for volunteerism, just behind Vermont, according to “Volunteering in America: State Trends and Rankings”, a groundbreaking study recently released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS). The study places Maine as #16 nationally for volunteerism. The average volunteerism rate for 2003 to 2005 in Maine was 33.2% which was higher than the 3-year rate for the Northeast overall (26.4%) and the national average (28.8%).Official nomination forms and rules can be found online at http://www.volunteermaine.org or by contacting the Maine Commission for Community Service at 287-8931 or firstname.lastname@example.orgNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.