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Diamond Volunteer Award Winners Announced for 2012


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The 3 winners of the 2012 Diamond Volunteer Award are Southwest Florida non-profit organizations Eden Autism Services, Miracles in Action, and Project HELP Crisis Center.

The 2012 Diamond Volunteer Program Award winners have been announced. The three new winners will bring the total of organizations honored by the award to ten, as there was a tie in 2011 and four groups were honored.

Kelly Capolino, local real estate professional with Keating Associates and founder of the Diamond Volunteer Program, has selected three local organizations to be honored in 2012. The winners were selected for the award based on their exceptional volunteer dedication and the extraordinary positive influence that they make in the lives of others. This year’s awards will go to: Eden Autism Services, Miracles in Action, and Project HELP Crisis Center.

The program’s goal is to honor the volunteers of three non-profits each season. Application is made by a one-page case statement about the non-profit applying. The application states why the organization should win and what group of volunteers they want be honor. Some groups, in the past, have honored their board members, while others select their front line service providers or donors to honor.

Each organization selected will be honored at a personal cocktail reception given for 25 of their volunteers/guests. Each of the three selected organizations will also receive a press release written for their organization, photos of the awards reception submitted for press coverage, an arranged radio interview, and a framed Diamond Volunteer award. The receptions will be held during the months of January, February and March with one organization being honored each month.

“Each year it gets harder and harder to select the winning groups as all of them are so worthy of this award,” said Capolino. “My personal goal is to help not-for-profits grow and prosper and, of course, it all goes back to my real estate career, which is the driving force behind everything. My career goal is to deliver the best results, care about my clients and get the job done… and while doing that I can pass along information about all these great not-for-profits at the same time. You wouldn’t believe how many people I have recruited for a volunteer activity through my business. I feel so compelled to honor deserving groups each year. They all have missions to help others and I appreciate their hard work so very much… we have a great community and our not-for-profits are such a big part of that.”

Past winners have included: Baby Basics of Collier County, The Penny Bear Company, and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Southern Florida, Hope for Haiti, Bedtime Bundles, Sunlight Home and Senior Friendship Center.


Eden Autism Services Florida was founded in 1996 to address the state’s growing need for specialized services for children and adults with autism and their families. Eden Autism Services' mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with autism and provide support to their families by providing a range of community based services to meet specific needs throughout the lifespan. These services include K-12 schools in Fort Myers and Naples, clinical services, consultations and community training, and adult residential, vocational training and employment services. For more information, contact Susan Suarez at 239-992-4680, extension 5010 or visit

Miracles in Action, Inc. is a Naples based charity and their mission is to provide Guatemalans living in extreme poverty with opportunities to help themselves through educational, vocational and other sustainable development projects. They believe that if Guatemalans have the opportunity of an education or vocation in their country, they will not need to come to the United States seeking work and leaving their families. In seven years, donors have sponsored the building of 37 rural schools, six libraries, 20 village water systems, and 100’s of scholarships. Volunteers support their work by buying and selling cottage industry handicrafts made by indigenous women in Guatemala. To schedule a presentation, purchase handicrafts, or support their work, visit or call 239-348-0815. Project HELP Crisis Center is an ‘Emotional 911’ for all those in crisis in our community. The mission is to offer survivor-focused crisis intervention and advocacy services for victims of crime, survivors of sudden death, and survivors of sexual assault. Project HELP provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, sexual assault and sudden death response, crisis counseling, support groups, information and referral, training, and prevention education. After intensive training, volunteers shadow an experienced advocate to learn more. Then they begin their journey to make a difference to the people who are facing a traumatic and difficult time in their life. Project HELP Crisis Center helps people at the worst of times. For more information please visit us at or call 239-649-1404.

About the founder - Kelly E. Capolino: Local 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 other organizations and knows the importance of being thanked. As founder of the Diamond Volunteer Program and one of the organizers of the Thinking Outside of the Box seminar series, Capolino realizes that many non-profits do not have the funds to thank their volunteers. This is the very reason she founded her programs, both, promote, educate and aid non-profit organizations.

Capolino is a real estate professional with Keating Associates. She has been named a real estate “Listing Leader” and “Top Producer” in Naples for many years. Her expertise in real estate is far-reaching with extensive knowledge and experience in luxury properties, acreage properties, investment properties, and renovation opportunities.

Capolino’s office is located in downtown Olde Naples on 5th Avenue South. She can be reached at 239-877-6700 or 239-262-6606 ext. 319 or online at or at To find out more, contact Kelly Capolino’s office.
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Diamond Volunteer Award Winners Announced for 2012 The 3 winners of the 2012 Diamond Volunteer Award are Southwest Florida non-profit organizations Eden Autism Services, Miracles in Action, and Project HELP Crisis Center.