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Recognition and reward

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is an extension of Direct Energy’s employee volunteer programs that encourages company employees to volunteer their time and energy to causes and organizations in their local community. The award itself will consist of:

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$1,000 cash prize to the winner;

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$5,000 cash grant to the winner’s organization/cause of choice in their community;

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Recognition of the winner’s achievement through a commemorative award, article and photo to be published in Sun newspapers across Cleveland;

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How to Enter

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Download the contest rules and a nomination form. Or complete an online nomination form here .

Nomination forms must be sent by Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 11:59 pm to:


Mail Address:
Direct Energy
Attn: Julie Hendry
1001 Liberty Avenue, 12th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Attn: Julie Hendry

A selection committee, formed by representatives from the Sun News Group and Direct Energy, will review all award nominations and select the winning individual or group.

The Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award is open to citizens who reside within a community served by a Sun News Group member newspaper. Applicants can either self-nominate or be nominated by another individual or group. Nominations should be no longer than 750 words in length and detail the specific contribution the individual or group has made to the local community through improving the quality of life for fellow citizens. The nominations also need to profile the designated organization and how that organization would use the $5,000 donation.

For more information about the program, please contact Julie Hendry at 412.667.6133 or