The Governor’s Office of Community Service, in partnership with First Lady Nancy Schweitzer and the Montana Commission on Community Service, announced today that nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Serve Montana Awards, Ready Montana Awards and First Lady’s Math and Science Awards.

Presented in February, these annual awards recognize outstanding Montana individuals, organizations and national service members committed to community and volunteer service.

“All over Montana people are serving and giving back to their communities in amazing ways,” said Jan Lombardi, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Service. “We ask the public to help us recognize these inspiring individuals.”

The ServeMontana Awards are for service and volunteer work in the areas of education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, veterans and military families, and economic opportunity.

The ReadyMontana Awards are for service specifically related to disaster services, emergency preparedness and emergency response.

The First Lady’s Math and Science Awards are for outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses that promote math and science education in Montana.

Award application and nomination information: serve.mt.gov/?page_id=2966

Deadline for nomination applications: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

The Lt. Governor and First Lady will present these awards during the Serve Montana Symposium February 2012 in Helena. There will be more than one award presented in each category.

“These awards help us honor individuals and organizations who represent the true spirit of civic engagement in Montana,” said Kim Miske, Chair of the Montana Commission on Community Service. “Each year we look forward to learning about the incredible things Montanans are doing for each other.”

Eligibility: Individuals of all ages and backgrounds, organizations, and groups are all eligible for nomination. Nominees must have performed their volunteer service in Montana and may not be salaried for the services performed.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service expands and promotes national service and volunteerism in Montana and engages citizens in service and emergency preparedness.

serve.mt.gov or Facebook.com/ServeMontana