Kelly E. Capolino still Accepting Applications for 2018 Diamond Volunteer Program

Applications are still being accepted for the 2018 Diamond Volunteer Awards program. The volunteer recognition program has been honoring local non-profit organizations for their work in Collier County for the past eight years.

The Diamond Volunteer Awards Program was founded by Kelly E. Capolino, local real estate professional with Downing-Frye Realty. Her program honors volunteers of local non-profit agencies for their efforts to improve the community while helping change the lives of many.

Three organizations are chosen each year to receive the Diamond Volunteer Award. Winners receive a cocktail reception for volunteers and board members, media coverage, educational opportunities, a framed award and inclusion in the Diamond Volunteer rewards program.

Past winners have included:
2010 – Baby Basics of Collier County, Penny Bear Company, and Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida
2011 – Hope for Haiti, Bedtime Bundles, Sunlight Home, and Senior Friendship Center
2012 – Eden Autism Services, Miracles in Action, and Project HELP Crisis Center
2013 – Naples Civitan Club, Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County, and The Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy
2014 – Angel Undercover of Collier County, Inc., Immokalee Housing and Family Services, and Shy Wolf Sanctuary
2015 – Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc., PACE Center for Girls, Inc – Collier, and Pilot Club of Naples
2016 – Laces of Love, Collier Child Care Resources, and Meals of Hope
2017 – Guadalupe Center, Special Olympics, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Applications for the 2018 Diamond Volunteer Award are now being accepted from Collier County non-profit organizations who work to make a positive impact in the community.

To apply – email a one-page case statement about the non-profit organization along with who should be honored (i.e. – board members, special events volunteers, etc.) and include why the award would be important to the organization. Send the one-page statement to: before October 30. Winners will be selected by a panel of local business professionals and winners will notified on or before November 15, 2017.

About the founder – Kelly E. Capolino:
Local award winning real estate professional, Kelly E. Capolino, founded the Diamond Volunteer Program in 2009 as a way to honor hardworking volunteers of non-profit organizations. Besides sitting on several non-profit boards, chairing fundraising committees for others, she is also a volunteer for many organizations and knows the importance of being thanked. Kelly Capolino can be reached at 239-877-6700 or online at or visit
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.