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Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award

Do You Know an Outstanding Volunteer? Volunteers are the heart of our community and are a precious resource to nonprofit organizations. The vital work of volunteers throughout the Denver metropolitan community is recognized through the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award.


To nominate a volunteer, complete either the digital or physical nomination form below:

Digital Nomination Form Physical Nomination Form


Minoru Yasui Tribute

Minoru Yasui was most well-known for his courageous stand against military orders that resulted in the forced removal and imprisonment of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II, but his entire life was committed to the defense of human and civil rights, and justice for all.

Minoru Yasui tribute website >>


About the Award

The award, presented eight times a year, honors men and women who make unique contributions to the community. The recipient receives a $2,000 cash award to designate to a non-profit agency of their choice.

Mr. Yasui was a community leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people. Educated as an attorney, Minoru Yasui served as the Executive Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations for 16 years and was a champion of civil rights. Mr. Yasui died in 1986.

Any person of any age who lives in the seven county Metro Denver area is eligible. Nomination forms are reviewed by a select committee of Denver metropolitan area citizens who represent a cross section of backgrounds, interests and occupations. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Spark the Change Colorado provides financial and administrative support of this program.

Other sponsors include the City and County of Denver, Lanny and Sharon Martin, and MYCVA Committee Members.

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MYCVA Winners

Taking It to the Porches!

(left to right): Nicole Stanek-Scoott, Director of Volunteers Habitat Metro, Liza Kirkpatrick, Past President of MYCVA, Bill Lftis, Honoree from Habitat for Humanity, Jacki Loftis, and Alice Goble, Manager of Volunteer Programs


Carol Lingenfelter winning the MYCVA Award for her work with Central Visitation Project and Committe Member, Liza Kirkpatrick.

Award Winner, Bev Bishop and Miranda Graul, chief development officer of Growing Home.

Award Winner, Gilbert Vasquez, Brenda Vasquez, Luis Vasquez and Stephanie Miller, CEO The Delores Project

Committee member Sarla Thal, Award winner Kyle Abrahm and Ali Miller, Generation Ocean

Award Winner Karl Soderstrom and the staff of the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley

Katie Bradshaw, Kenzies Causes and Terry Nelson, Committee Member