The recipient of the award is chosen by a committee and selections are based on nominations from the organization, as well as from the community. Cameron said this year there were a dozen nominees.
"Elaine stood out because she is some-one who is deeply interested in building community," said Cameron, who added that, on a more personal level, Nichols contributes with "grace and humility."
This is the third year the awards have been handed out, and Cameron said the intent is to celebrate the values of community and of service.
In addition to Nichols, the Mary Breslin family will receive an award for public service at the gala.
Community Caregivers was founded in 1996 and provides services that enable individuals of all ages residing in their service area to maintain their independence, dignity and quality of life in their own homes and communities.
The service area is bounded roughly by I-90 on the north, Duanesburg on the west, the Albany city line on the east and Route 443 on the south.
Volunteers with the organization help older residents, people with chronic illnesses, single and teen parents, and caregivers who need respite.
Services provided by Community Caregivers volunteers include transportation to doctors and other appointments, assistance with shopping, assistance to family caregivers, light housekeeping, yard work, visits to the homebound and library book home delivery.""