Each year for the past five years, the Inlander's annual Give Guide has recognized outstanding members of our community who are working tirelessly to make the Inland Northwest a better place for all of us. The time has once again arrived for us to seek nominations from you, our readers, of people you're aware of who are doing just this.
After poring over nominations, we'll pick three individuals to recognize in the issue (out Aug. 28), each of whom will also receive a monetary award called the Peirone Prize, intended to thank them for their selfless efforts and to help them further their philanthropic goals.
We know people of all ages are working hard to make the Inland Northwest a better place, but in part to encourage young people to get involved in giving back, we focus on recognizing people around or under age 35.
So, do you know anyone who's working tirelessly to give back? Nonprofit sectors to consider: animals, arts, community, social justice, wellness/nutrition, youth, education and the environment.
If you'd like to submit a nomination, we need to have it no later than Thursday, July 30. Send us the person's name, age, and a few sentences or paragraphs on why you think they deserve to be recognized. Also make sure to let us know how to contact you in case we have questions. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inspiration, here's the list of recipients we've honored since this issue began back in 2010:
Randy Ramos, Spokane Tribal College recruiter and life-skills coach at the Healing Lodge
Kate Burke, the Lands Council director of development, founder of the Spokane Edible Tree Project
Jeni Riplinger-Hegsted, program director of St. Vincent de Paul's Art on the Edge
Keirsten Lyons, service to armed forces at the Eastern Washington Chapter of the Red Cross
Keith Kelley, case manager at Gonzaga University, small business owner
Virla Spencer, outreach coordinator at the Center for Justice
Kat Hall, conservation programs director at the Lands Council
Jamie Borgan, program director at New Leaf Bakery
Mary Charbonneau, director of fundraising/outreach at Washington Basset Rescue
Brent and Amy Hendricks, co-founders of Global Neighborhood
Korrine Kreilkamp, founder of Community Roots
Bart Mihailovich, coordinator at the Waterkeeper Alliance and former Spokane Riverkeeper
Taylor Weech, Inlander columnist and radio host at KYRS-FM
Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council President
Emily Paulson, Campus Kitchen coordinator at Gonzaga University