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Minoru Yasui Volunteer Awards

Click below to see a video (7:33) about the Minoru Yasui award and the people who help keep the spirit of volunteerism alive in metro Denver.


Minoru Yasui Tribute

Minoru Yasui was most well-known for his courageous stand against military orders that resulted in the forced removal and imprisonment of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II, but his entire life was committed to the defense of human and civil rights, and justice for all.

Click here to be redirected to a special Minoru Yasui tribute website.



Click here for the pdf of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Nomination Form

Click here for the online Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Nomination Form

Click here to read a 10-year-old letter from Rebecca Peralta, a MYCVA Committee Member, about joining the committee during the 30th Anniversary. She recently rejoined the committee.

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Do You Know an Outstanding Volunteer?

Volunteers are the heart of our community and are a precious resource to nonprofit organizations. The vital work of volunteers throughout the Denver metropolitan community is recognized through the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award.

The award, presented each month January - November, honors men and women who make unique contributions to the community. The recipient receives a $2,000 cash award to designate to a non-profit agency of their choice.

Mr. Yasui was a community leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people. Educated as an attorney, Minoru Yasui served as the Executive Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations for 16 years and was a champion of civil rights. Mr. Yasui died in 1986.

Any person of any age who lives in the seven county Metro Denver area is eligible. Nomination forms are reviewed by a select committee of Denver metropolitan area citizens who represent a cross section of backgrounds, interests and occupations.  Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.  To nominate a volunteer send a completed nomination form, required nominating & seconding letters, and 501(c)(3) IRS Documentation to:

                       Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award
                       c/o The Denver Foundation
                       55 Madison Street, 8th Floor
                       Denver, Colorado 80206-5423

Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Nomination Form

The Denver Foundation provides financial and administrative support of this program.

Other sponsors include the City and County of Denver, Cody Dental Group, Denver Marriott Tech Center, Havey Productions, KEZW-AM 1430, MYCVA Committee Members, Signal Graphics Printing at Hampden & Monaco and The Yasui Family.

Click here for a complete list of all past award recipients.

2015 Award Recipients

January: Frank Doerger

February: N/A

March: Sheila Benintendi

April: Deana Lehman

May: Vikki Stevens

2014 Award Recipients

January: Reverend Diana Flahive

February: Tanja Butler-Melone

March: Meg Depriest

April: Dr. Libby Whitmore

May: Ana Kemp

June: Sharon Rouse

July: Ginger Case

August: Deb Wells

September: Billy Brown

October: Barry Levene

November: Vic Sulzer

2013 Award Recipients

January:  Tammy Rivera Berberick

February:  Kermit Shields

March:  Mike Criner

April:  Gloria Koshio

May:  Gerie Grimes

June: Mary Rogers

July: Barbara Miller

August: Jay Jones

September: Ruben Duran

October: Donn Spector

November: Brad and Tom Iskiyan

2012 Award Recipients

January: Dewey Brigham, Jr.

February: Chief Phil Baca and Captain Sylvia Sich

March:  Dr. Frank Sakamoto

April:  Dr. Sara Winter

May:  Al Lackner

June:  Nancy Balter

July:  Cheryl Aggus

August:  Carol Stiehr

September:  Chris Beauchamp

October:  Evan Holz

November:  Jeremy Palmer

2011 Award Recipients

January:  Samantha Grebe

February: Scott Masao Gilmore

March:  Mickey Taylor

April:  Lee Braddock

May:  Mark Hopkins

June:  Frances Campbell

July:  Liz Cohen

August:  Gary Steck

September:  Liesje Johnson

October: Greg Blanchard

November: Debra Conroy