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West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) will accept nominations until April 14 for the 2016 Yoneo Ono Outstanding Rural Volunteer Award.

Volunteers are the heart of vibrant, healthy and enduring rural communities. RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by honoring the accomplishments of a select few who show outstanding dedication to their community.

The 2016 honoree will receive an award, a reception in his/her honor and $2,500 to donate to a charitable organization of her/his choice. We need your help to identify an outstanding rural volunteer to receive this distinguished award. To nominate an individual for his or her service to a rural community, complete and submit the Yoneo Ono Award nomination form. For more information and award criteria go here:

The award is the namesake of Yoneo Ono, one of RCAC’s founding fathers. During his lifetime, Ono worked tirelessly for rural development. For his lifelong commitment, RCAC honored Ono with an award when he retired from the RCAC board in 1984. Since then, the RCAC Board of Directors has presented the award to 29 outstanding volunteers from the western United States. To read about past awardees, visit RCAC’s website at:

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.

RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals and visions. Founded in 1978, RCAC serves rural communities in 13 western states and certain Pacific islands. Services are available to communities with populations of fewer than 50,000, other nonprofit groups, Tribal organizations, farmworkers, colonias and other specific populations. To find out more about RCAC, visit



Dawn Van Dyke
Communications Mgr.