Gift of Time

Everyday throughout the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers give the "gift of time" to non-profit, public and human-service organizations. Many volunteers have full schedules even before their volunteer activities. But because they consider volunteerism vital, they lend their time, talent and resources with boundless generosity, spirit and enthusiasm.
Gift of Time Logo
Volunteers' Voices
Gift of Time Awards
Since 1991, the "Gift of Time" awards have recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to make life better for our friends and neighbors here in the Ozarks. We invite you to participate by nominating a member of your volunteer team for a "Gift of Time" award. An impartial team of business and civic leaders will review each nominee based on information you provide.

Ten individuals will be selected as Volunteers of the Year, with one nominee being selected from the youth category, ages 18 and under. All nominees will be recognized for their volunteer efforts during the luncheon to be held at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center at noon on June 16, 2015. The announcement of the ten award recipients will remain a secret to everyone, including the winners, until the luncheon.

The Rosanna Bradshaw Memorial Wall of Fame was established in 1994, to honor volunteers through the Gift of Time awards. Portraits of Gift of Time award recipients in the Rosanna Bradshaw Memorial Wall of Fame are on display in the Busch Building throughout the year. The wall of fame's namesake was an active volunteer in the Ozarks for many years and helped to create the Gift of Time program.

Nomination Rules
Nominations are encouraged for all ages. All rules must be followed or nominee will be disqualified.
  • The open nomination period is April 17– May 22, 2015.
  • Nominations must be typed or computer generated.
  • Type the required information in its entirety, followed by your response.
  • Nominations will not be accepted for individuals whose service is related to their paid position or financial / in-kind donations to an organization.
  • Please refer to your nominee(s) by name on the registration form only. Do not place the nominee’s name in your responses; refer to them as he or she only. Nominees will not be identified by name in the judging process.
  • Previous Gift of Time award winners are not eligible.
Tell Us About Your Nominee
  • In 500 words or less, tell us why your nominee's recent contributions and service to the community should be recognized. What makes him or her special? How are they making a difference in the community?
  • List the organizations with which your nominee is involved, and describe his or her service with each group, as well as the number of volunteer hours contributed to each group.
  • Please remember that a well-written entry is more likely to catch the judges’ attention. You may want to consider having someone with strong writing skills compose the essay. Make sure the entry does justice to your nominee’s dedication and hard work!
  • Please include a photo of the nominee when submitting your nomination.
Important Nominee Information
If nominating by mail, fax, or email be sure to include the following information:
Nominee Information
  • Address
  • Age of Nominee if 18 or Younger
  • City / State / Zip
  • Email address of nominee
  • Name
  • Phone Number (s)
  • Photo of Nominee is Desired if You Have One
Nominating Organization / Individual Information
  • Address
  • City / State / Zip
  • Contact Person's Name
  • Email Address for Contact Person
  • Name of Organization or Individual
  • Phone Number (s)
group photo of ten people, various ages, both male and female with hourglass awards
Submitting Nominations
During the open nomination period submissions can be made online, by mail, fax, or email. A confirmation letter will be sent upon receipt of your nomination. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact us at 417-862-3586.

Nomination Address
Gift of Time
Council of Churches of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 3947
Springfield, MO 65808-3947

Email with subject labeled "Attn: Gift of Time Nomination."