SPRINGFIELD — Employees from an Ottawa warehouse will receive recognition at the state fair Saturday when the Illinois Department of Natural Resources honors four individuals and four groups for exceptional volunteer service to the department and the people of the state.
IDNR “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards” are presented each year during a ceremony in Conservation World at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Kohl’s Associates in Action Committee, from Kohl’s Distribution Center No. 890, Ottawa are receiving recognition for employees’ efforts after flood damage in 2013, but have continued their efforts this summer.
Employees of the Ottawa warehouse have provided service to Starved Rock State Park in La Salle County by working with the Starved Rock State Park Foundation.
“Under the leadership of Kohl’s supervisor Chad Kinzer, teams of Kohl’s employees assist on a number of projects at the park,” the DNR says. “Kohl’s associates helped with 20 volunteer events during a five-week period in 2013.
“Thanks to the work of the Kohl’s volunteers, the Starved Rock foundation was presented with a check for $12,000 for park programs and equipment, more than making up for losses of donations due to flooding which closed the Starved Rock Visitor Center and parking lot numerous times during the year.”
“The annual volunteer awards program is one of the ways in which we say ‘thank you’ to some of the dedicated individuals and organizations doing great work at our state parks, state museums, and all over outdoor Illinois,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “Whether helping youth and families learn about nature, instructing safe hunting practices, or welcoming visitors to our state parks and state museums, volunteers provide valuable service to their fellow citizens throughout Illinois.”
Want to volunteer? Check www.dnr.illinois.gov/outreach/Volunteer .