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Who makes Schaumburg a better place to live?

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While a municipality's day-to-day operations can be run entirely by employees on a tax payroll, a true, thriving community needs volunteers as well.

The village of Schaumburg is once again looking to honor the volunteers of all ages who make the community a safe and healthy place to live, work and play.

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Nominations for Schaumburg's Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Organization of the Year and Youth Individual Volunteer will be accepted through April 1.

The awards will be presented at the Volunteer of the Year luncheon on Tuesday, April 16 at Chandler's Banquets, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

"We are looking forward to recognizing outstanding individuals and an organization," Schaumburg Special Events Coordinator Roxane Benvenuti said. "Again this year, we have included a local youth individual category for junior high through high school age. We need to hear about the good that people are doing and about the fine work that volunteer organizations are involved in."

The winners in each category will be selected by a panel of judges from among the nominations submitted by residents and the business community. Nominees may represent social, civic, religious, community, school and medical organizations. For-profit and political organizations are excluded.

Nomination materials are available on Schaumburg's Prairie Center for the Arts website at prairiecenter.org.

For more information, contact Benvenuti at rbenvenuti@ci.schaumburg.il.us or at (847) 923-3605.

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