SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Kelley Olson has been chosen as a Wyoming Jefferson Award Medallion winner.
The Jefferson Awards were created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert Taft Jr. to honor and reward community volunteers and to promote an increase in community volunteer efforts. By celebrating all of these individuals — according to a press release from KCWY-TV News 13, Serve Wyoming and Mountain View Regional Hospital and Clinic — the group’s hope to inspire those who act to do more and others to just do something.
In December 2015, KCWY-TV News 13 began asking viewers to nominate people who exemplify the finest in community volunteer efforts.
This year, the station received many outstanding nominations from throughout the state, including Olson and Sheridan resident Anthony Tarver.
According to the press release, Olson was nominated in part for creating the Sheridan Angels, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate crisis relief for those in her community.
Olson came to Sheridan to start over and the churches and people of the community helped her. She became determined to pay it back. Even though she is a young mother of five children with a part-time job, she volunteers any and all of her free time to helping other people.
Olson started with 30 members in the Sheridan Angels and now has more than 3,500 members who are making a difference in the lives of families that need a hand up. They encourage everyone to pay it forward.
A panel of five judges in Wyoming independently scored each of the nominations, and four individuals were chosen to receive the Jefferson Award Medallion.
The profiles of the four Wyoming winners were then sent to the national headquarters of the Jefferson Awards in Delaware, where one will be chosen to represent the state of Wyoming during a gala and congressional reception to be held in Washington, D.C., in June. This representative and his or her guest will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the events.
The four Wyoming winners and all of this year’s nominees, as well as their nominators, will be recognized during a private luncheon ceremony in Casper on May 4. At that event, this year’s Jefferson Award Wyoming state representative will be announced.