The Garfield County Human Services Commission and the Board of County Commissioners host the Garfield County Humanitarian Awards annually.


Volunteers and staff can be nominated by anyone in the community – typically peers,
friends and individuals connected to the nonprofit/human services arena. Nomination
support letters describe the wonderful ways these individuals help the community.
Members of the Garfield County Human Services Commission choose the winners of
the Humanitarian Awards. The Garfield County Humanitarian Awards Dinner has
honored unsung heroes for 32 years. This event is not a fundraiser for any agency,
Garfield County or the Human Services Commission.

Deadline for nominations:

The completed nomination package must include: a) nomination form; b) letter stating
why the person is being nominated; and c) support letters from at least three but no
more than six other people. Package must be emailed to by 4pm on Friday July 30, 2021.

How nominees are honored:

The Humanitarian Service Awards Committee reviews the nominations, and finalists are
selected. Finalists must agree to accept this recognition and attend the dinner (free of
charge). All non-finalists receive a certificate of recognition and a copy of their
nomination materials including nomination support letters. Due to space limitations, non finalists do not attend the dinner.

Each finalist is assigned a table and may invite seven guests to fill their table. Guests
are required to pay for their dinner. Additional guests will be placed on a wait list for
available space not filled at other tables. During the awards ceremony, the finalists’
achievements are recognized from the stage. Finalists receive a copy of their
nomination materials along with a flower and a certificate of recognition. At the end of
the evening, the winning humanitarians are announced by the Board of County
Commissioners. Each winner receives an award plaque.

New this year: There will be a virtual attendance option for guests. There is no limit to
the number of guests that may be invited to attend virtually.

Dinner reservations:

Go to: and search for the Garfield County Humanitarian Service
Awards. The site will be selling tickets starting on Monday, August 2, 2021.