Yoneo Ono award criteria and nomination form

RCAC seeks nominations for the Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities. RCAC’s Board of Directors presents the award to the honoree during a reception held in their community, and a cash award is donated to a local charitable organization of the honoree’s choice.

RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by acknowledging the accomplishments of a select few. We need your help to identify an outstanding rural volunteer to receive this distinguished award.

If you know individuals who have these special qualities, and would like to see their hard work recognized please complete and submit the Yoneo Ono Award Nomination form (see below).

The RCAC board of directors uses six criteria to determine each year’s award winner. The first two criteria are minimum requirements.

  • The service must have occurred within rural communities of RCAC’s region, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the western Pacific.
  • The service was volunteered and not a function of the nominee’s job. The next four criteria are listed in order of importance to rank and compare the nominees.
  • The degree to which the volunteer service made a difference in the quality of life for the rural community.
  • The type and needs of the communities of people served based on rural status, income, ethnicity, population and similar criteria.
  • The length and variety of the nominee’s volunteer activities.
  • The relationship of the nominee, project and communities to RCAC.

Please note that RCAC affiliation is NOT an application or award requirement. RCAC staff members review nominations and submit them to the board of directors for final selection.

The award is presented every two years so nominate your outstanding volunteer now!