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Governor’s Service Awards

The Governor’s Service Awards are presented by the Governor’s Office on Service &¬†Volunteerism each year. These awards recognize Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions to the state and its people, and for working to change Maryland for the better. This year, the awards will recognize volunteer service during 2015 (or longer for a lifetime achievement). The awards will be presented to selected recipients and invitees at an event in the fall.

For the 33rd Annual Awards, the Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism accepted nominations in a variety of new categories. To find out more about the new categories, please review the Award Categories¬†below.

Selection Characteristics

Recipients of the Governor’s Service Awards must exemplify the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrate sustained volunteer commitment to meeting Maryland’s most
    pressing human and/or environmental community needs;
  • Engage in meaningful volunteer service that makes a measurable difference in
    the community;
  • Represent extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness; and
  • Through volunteerism, have an impact on the greater community.

Nominations were due on June 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. Thank you for your nomination!

To find out more about the nomination process, and eligibility, please read our 2016 Service Awards Guidelines.

Additional Information

Award Categories

Nominations will be accepted in these categories:

    • Youth
      An individual (age 17 or younger) who volunteers.
    • Individual
      An individual (age 18 or older) who volunteers.
    • Lifetime Achievement
      An individual who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service. Nominees must have made a substantial and long-term sustained impact in the community as a result of their service efforts.
    • National Service
      An individual member of a National Service program (AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps) who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service. The service must be above and beyond the requirements of the designated program.
    • AmeriCorps Alum
      A Maryland AmeriCorps Alum whose commitment to embody service beyond their term of AmeriCorps service continues to bring about positive community change.
    • Faith Based
      An individual, family, group/team, or youth that volunteers through a faith-based community organization.
    • Group/Team
      A group or team of two or more people that volunteer together on the same project(s) under a group or team name.
    • Nonprofit Volunteer Program
      A nonprofit whose volunteers carried out the mission of the organization through direct service to the community.
    • Corporate Business
      A corporation or business that has made a substantial impact in the community by promoting service to their employees through engaging in volunteer activities and/or by providing paid time for employees to volunteer for local organizations and/or agencies.
    • Community of Service
      Maryland cities, town, townships, or other identified communities that mobilized volunteers to meet pressing needs.
    • Exemplary Service Learning
      Any individual or group (or class), regardless of the age of the individuals, participating in service-learning activities.
    • State Employee
      An individual employed by the state of Maryland who has provided outstanding service to the state in a capacity outside of paid employment.
    • First Responder
      Any individual employed in an emergency service occupation whose service has gone above and beyond the call of duty in a capacity outside of paid employment.
    • Veteran
      An individual who has served or is serving in the armed forces and volunteers in a Maryland community in a capacity outside of paid employment.