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The Dallas Examiner | 8/1/2014, 5:18 p.m.
Candidates must be age 39 or younger and receive no compensation for their charitable efforts. They can be nominated by their peers, board members or staff of the agency where they volunteer or be self-nominate.
A volunteer selection committee of emerging civic leaders will review the applications.
This year, committee members, past finalists and winners will kick off the nominations with a service project, a birthday party for children living at a shelter for homeless families with The Birthday Party Project, the nonprofit founded by selection committee member and 2013 finalist Paige Chenault.
Award guidelines and the application form are available at http://www.dallasfoundation.org. For more information, contact Ashley Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-741-9898.
The Texas Department of Transportation will unveil a new smart phone web app from Roadcents.org that offers drivers tips on reducing tailpipe emissions that contribute to air pollution. The app also gives drivers tools to track vehicle maintenance, receive email alerts when their vehicles are scheduled for service, find nearby gas stations, and calculate how much they can save by changing their driving habits.
TxDOT’s “Drive Clean Texas” campaign has urged drivers since 2002 to take simple steps to keep their vehicle in shape and reduce emissions that affect our state’s air quality. Driving a vehicle that needs maintenance can add more than $100 in annual fuel costs. Additionally, poor driving habits such as speeding and rapid starts can also cost a driver as much as $900 a year in gas.
To use Roadcents, visit http://www.drivecleantexas.org, create an account. and enter vehicle information. For more information, visit http://www.txdot.gov.
Camp Fire First Texas, one of the largest Camp Fire councils in the nation, will celebrate 100 years of helping young people change the world throughout 2014. Anniversary celebrations kicked off March 5 with a VIP reception to mark the opening of the “Century of Sparking Discovery” exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Additional celebrations included a Rolling Town Hall with the Mayor on May 7, and a centennial luncheon on Sept. 10, with Project Daffodil on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.
Dr. Luther Gulick and his wife, Charlotte, founded Camp Fire Girls in Maine in 1910. Since that time, Camp First Texas programs have provided the opportunity for children and youth to explore their sparks, develop social skills, and build new skills through various social impact areas. Some of their programs include Family Camp Weekend, Camp El Tesoro Overnight Camp and the USDA Food Program.
For more information, visit http://www.campfirefw.org.