Here’s your chance to give dedicated volunteers and volunteer groups some very special recognition! Nominations are open for two prestigious awards honoring outstanding volunteers and groups in New Jersey: the Governor's Jefferson Awards (due March 31) and the Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference (due March 18). The Governor’s Jefferson Awards will be presented late this spring at the Newark Museum. The program is co-sponsored by the Star Ledger and provides significant recognition for those honored in numerous categories. Details are at www.njgovernorsawards.com. The Russ Berrie Award offers cash awards to “unsung heroes”: 8 awards at $5,000 each, 1 at $25,000, 1 at $35,000 and 1 at $50,000. Application and details can be found at https://its.ramapo.edu/rbamd/ (click "no" on security box). The awards will be presented in May at Ramapo College.