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Recognizing Outstanding Volunteers in Maryland

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) works with a number of partners to provide opportunities for nonprofits, businesses, and schools to honor the contributions of local volunteers. From state-wide events, like the Governor’s Service Awards, to volunteer certificates awarded to individual citizens, there are many ways to recognize the extraordinary work of volunteers across Maryland.

Click on the links below to find more information about the following:

Volunteer Certificates | Citations & Proclamations

Volunteer Certificates

The GOSV awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities.

Agencies may request up to 350 certificates; and requests must be submitted via an online submission form. In order to complete your request, you will be required to complete an online form with basic information such as your contact information and the number of certificates needed.

After your request is submitted, you will receive an email at the email address provided in the form. You will then be prompted to populate an Excel spreadsheet with the names of the volunteers to be honored and the reason for honor. Reply to the original email with the Excel document attached. Complete details will be included in the form and email instructions.

Before you begin your request, be sure to have:

  • a valid email address;
  • access to your email;
  • the complete street address where the certificates should be mailed;
  • the date when the certificates are needed; and
  • correct spelling of the volunteers to be honored.

Deadlines

If you plan to present the certificate at a ceremony or event, your request must be received at least two weeks prior to the event.

Please Note: Due to a high volume of requests in summer months, requests over 100 certificates may require additional fulfillment time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do the certificates look like?

Certificates are addressed to individual volunteers, and they are usually presented as part of an annual or special recognition event. Certificates are 8.5 x 11 inches in size.

What are the volunteer certificates for?

The GOSV awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities.

Certificates are addressed to individual volunteers, and they are usually presented as part of an annual or special recognition event.

How many certificates can I request?

Agencies may request up to 350 certificates.

Governor's Citations and Proclamations

Please Note: The tools listed below are filled outside of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism. Issuance of Citations and Proclamations is at the full discretion of the Governor’s Office, and they reserve the right to deny any request for ceremonial documents at the discretion of the Correspondence and Constituent Services Office.

Citizens and organizations may request a citation or a proclamation from the Governor's Office to commemorate or recognize a person or organization's achievement or cause. Approved requests will be mailed as an oversized document to the street address provided. In-person pick-up is not available. These documents cannot be resized, emailed or reprinted for distribution.

Requests for citations and proclamations must be received by the Governor's Office at least 8 weeks in advance of your deadline.

  • A citation is given for a specific achievement of a person or organization, such as a retirement, milestone birthday, Boy Scout Eagle Award, or Girl Scout Gold Award, or a similar achievement. Citations are NOT given for achievements such as graduating high school or college or receiving a particular scholarship.
  • A memorial citation is given in remembrance of someone who has passed. These do not require 8 weeks notice, but this office does request that you notify us as soon as possible when requesting a memorial citation.
  • A proclamation is to recognize a day, week or month in awareness of a cause, such as the Governor declaring September Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

Visit the Proclamation and Citation Request page on the Governor's Office website to submit your request.