Everyday, countless volunteers donate their time and energy to help older adults, persons with disabilities or behavioral health needs in Kansas.

Everyday, countless volunteers donate their time and energy to help older adults, persons with disabilities or behavioral health needs in Kansas.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) would like to thank those who are making a difference.

Secretary Shawn Sullivan announced Friday the department is beginning a Volunteer of the Month recognition program.

Each monthly winner will receive a check for $50 and a $20 Walgreens gift card.

“Although many of the volunteers around Kansas expect nothing in return for their hard work and dedication, we want them to know how much they are appreciated,” Sullivan said. Beginning January 2013, KDADS will select a Volunteer of the Month. The winner will be chosen from nominations submitted to the department.

Volunteers will be considered based on the following criteria:

Outstanding performance in volunteer duties

High level of willingness to help others

Strong commitment to the volunteer program

Good relationships with those the volunteer helps

KDADS is partnering with Walgreens because of the company’s commitment to hiring persons with disabilities. Learn more at http://www.walgreens.com/topic/sr/disability_inclusion_home.jsp

To nominate a Volunteer of the Month, go to www.kdads.ks.gov. Nomination forms are also available at the front desk of the New England building, 5th and Kansas Avenue, in Topeka. Winners will be notified by phone and email the first week of the following month in which they were nominated.