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About Amy Umble: Amy Umble writes about religion and social issues affecting the Fredericksburg community. You can email her at aumble@freelancestar.com.

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Caregiver Awards

About 700,000 Virginians take care of their loved ones without compensation. They provide more than 793 million hours of service, worth $8 million.

They do not get compensated.

But each November, the state recognizes the caregiver of the year in a special ceremony.

The Virginia Council on the Status of Women seeks nominations for this year’s recipient.

Nominations will be accepted June 1 through July 3. Anyone who is an unpaid caregiver, improving the quality of life for someone else can be nominated.

Last year’s winners included a Farmville woman who has cared for her 30-year-old son since an accident as a teenager left him paralyzed and a Suffolk man who cares for his wife, who has been seriously ill for 30 years.

Nomination forms are available at dss.virginia.gov/community/council_women or by e–mailing council.women@dss.virginia.gov.

All nominations must be postmarked, received via fax, mail or e–mail by July 3.

For details, call Karin Clark at 804/726-7017 or visit dss.virginia.gov.

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