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Volunteer Recognition

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Recognizing Outstanding Volunteers in Maryland

Many events celebrate volunteers each year, like the Baltimore Ravens Honor Rows, Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair, and the Governor’s Service Awards. Learn more about them here.

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism 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.


Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities.
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Organizations must complete an online form, providing contact information and number of certificates needed. Organizations may request up to 350 certificates at a time.

After you submit your form, you will receive a notification at the email address you provided. Follow the instructions in the notification to complete the attached Excel spreadsheet with the names of the volunteers to be honored and the reason for the honor. Reply to the original email with your completed Excel document attached.

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
  • Correct spelling of the volunteers to be honored

Deadlines:
Your request must be received at least three weeks prior to the date they are needed.
Please Note: April is a busy month for certificate requests. Please submit your request well in advance of the date you need them. In addition, requests over 100 certificates may require additional fulfillment time.

FAQ’s

  • What do the certificates look like?
    Certificates are addressed to individual volunteers and 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 Office on Service & Volunteerism awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities. Certificates are addressed to individual volunteers and 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.

Submit a Volunteer Certificate Request!

Governor’s Citations and Proclamations

Please Note: The tools listed below are not completed by the Governor’s Office on Service & 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 11 to October 10, 2015 as Day to Serve.

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