Alaska First Lady Rose Dunleavy is accepting nominations for the 2019 First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards, according to a release from the governor's office Friday.

Each year, the awards go to people who take part in unpaid charitable activities, demonstrate a personal commitment to long-term volunteer services and make a significant impact on Alaskans.

“It will be a special honor for me to present these awards to Alaskans who are selfless, caring and have made a perceptible and meaningful difference in the lives of other Alaskans,” Dunleavy said. “Each one of the recipients has an inspirational story to tell and I look forward to sharing those stories with all Alaskans when the winners are announced this spring.”

The annual tradition was started by First Lady Bella Hammond in 1975. See a list of past winners here.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 8. You can make a nomination online or pick up a hard copy form at the governor's offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks or Palmer.

The annual awards ceremony and luncheon will be hosted at the governor's home in Juneau later this spring.

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