Klee Volunteer Recognition Program

In 2017, the Klee Foundation created the Arthur Orr Award for Exemplary Volunteer Service to recognize and show appreciation for the unsung heroes serving our community. The Foundation invites nonprofits in Broome County whose mission closely aligns with that of the Klee Foundation to nominate a volunteer who has provided extraordinary service to that organization over an extended period. The Volunteer Award Committee is especially seeking volunteers residing in Broome County who inspire others through their service. The Foundation will honor the volunteer selected at its Annual Grantees Reception in November. In addition, a $1,000 grant will be made to the nonprofit of the volunteer’s choice.

Those organizations who wish to nominate someone should use the Volunteer Nomination form found via the link below.

Nominations are due September 13, 2019 by 1:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the nomination process:
Contact the Klee office at 607-722-2266


DOWNLOAD –> Volunteer Award Nomination Form (DOCX)

Program Outline

To provide a volunteer recognition program that is highly regarded by the community. To honor an outstanding volunteer who is an “unsung hero” not otherwise publicly recognized. Qualifying applications will identify outstanding volunteers meeting the criteria listed below.

A person who donates service without pay or other compensation except expenses actually and reasonably incurred and approved by the supervising organization.


  1. Service given above and beyond the typical volunteer role.
  2. Service given singularly to one Broome County nonprofit over an extended period.
  3. Service that shows continuous commitment.
  4. Service that enhances the quality of the program and its reputation in the community.
  5. Service that includes mentoring other volunteers and being an example to others.


  1. Volunteers to political efforts.
  2. Elected/appointed officials and declared candidates.
  3. Individuals who have served on the board of the organization.


  1. The Volunteer Award Committee will notify both the nominee selected and the organization submitting the application of the Klee Board’s final decision.
  2. The Klee Foundation will recognize the award recipient at its annual November reception for grantees.
  3. A Broome County nonprofit of the Volunteer’s choice will receive a $1,000 grant in his/her name.