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ID Award Recognizing Volunteers Open for Nominations

Mozelle and Don Neville of Idaho Falls received the 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service for their work distributing goods in southern Idaho. (Sherwin Crooks/AARP Idaho)
Mozelle and Don Neville of Idaho Falls received the 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service for their work distributing goods in southern Idaho. (Sherwin Crooks/AARP Idaho)
May 7, 2020

BOISE, Idaho -- AARP is seeking Idahoans who have made a profound impact on their communities.

Nominations for the 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service are open to individuals or couples 50 years of age or older who have volunteered their time to make their communities better.

But like everything else, the coronavirus pandemic is affecting this year's award.

Pam Root, senior operations manager for AARP Idaho, says there typically is a celebratory dinner for the winner in the fall. However, the virus still could be impacting the country then.

"We have an alternate that the 2020 Idaho Andrus Award recipient will be honored with $2,000 to donate to their nonprofit charity of choice," Root states.

The deadline to nominate someone for this award is July 15. The nominee must be performing services on a volunteer basis.

Root says recipients of the award often inspire others to volunteer as well.

"This award really elevates volunteers who have had a profound effect in their community and how they've made a difference in the lives of people around them," she states.

Last year's recipients were Mozelle and Don Neville of Idaho Falls. They began the Idaho Falls Area Humanitarian Center in 2010. The program distributes clothing, school supplies and other goods in southern Idaho and has grown from 25 volunteers to hundreds each year.

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Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - ID