Minoru Yasui Volunteer Awards
The Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award celebrates 35 years! Click below to see a video (7:33) about the award and the people who help keep the spirit of volunteerism alive in metro Denver.
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
The Denver Foundation provides financial and administrative support of this program.
Other sponsors include Debra Ardelt, City and County of Denver, Cody Dental Group, The Denver Foundation, The Denver Post Community, Denver Marriott Tech Center, Judge Kerry S. Hada, Havey Productions, KEZW-AM 1430, Lockheed Martin, Shelley Magness, MYCVA Committee Members, Signal Graphics Printing at Hampden & Monaco, Xcel Energy, The Yasui Family.
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
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
2013 Award Recipients
January: Tammy Rivera Berberick
February: Kermit Shields
March: Mike Criner
April: Gloria Koshio
January 2013 Recipient: Tammy Rivera Berberick
January 2013 Honoree Tammy Rivera Berberick (right) with Susan Carparelli, President and CEO of Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado.
Click here for the press release on Tammy.
February 2013 Recipient: Kermit Shields
February 2013 Awardee Kermit Shields, right, and his wife.
Click here for the press release on Kermit.
March 2013 Recipient: Mike Criner
Mike Criner, March 2013 recipient, receives his award from Committee Member Christine Soto.
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April 2013 Recipient: Gloria Koshio
April 2013 Awardee Gloria Koshio, center, receives a check from Jackie Norris, chair of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Committee, and passes it on to Bob Janowski, Denver Studio Director for Learning Ally.
Click here for the press release on Gloria.