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Award Categories

Nominations will be accepted in these categories:

  • Pandemic Response Champion: An individual or organization that made an extraordinary contribution to Maryland communities in response to the pandemic.  
  • Emerging Leader: An individual, family or group who took initiative to meet a community need through local organizing and volunteering.
  • 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.
  • Faith-Based: An individual, family, group/team, or youth that volunteers through a faith-based community organization.
  • Youth: An individual (age 18 or younger) who volunteers.
  • AmeriCorps Alum: A Maryland AmeriCorps Alum whose commitment to embody service beyond their term of AmeriCorps service continues to bring about positive community change. Alums must have served in the 2018-2019 service year or before.
  • National Service: An individual member of a National Service program (AmeriCorps or Senior Corps) who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service during the 2019-2020 service term. The service must be above and beyond the requirements of the designated program.
  • Lifetime Achievement: An individual who has exhibited 20 years or more of 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.
  • 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.
  • Corporate Business: A corporation or business investing in exceptional, transformative employee volunteering that fuels employee fulfillment and fosters increased civic engagement in the community.
  • Small Business: A corporation or business (of 50 employees or less) investing in exceptional, transformative employee volunteering that fuels employee fulfillment and fosters increased civic engagement in the community.
  • 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.
  • Individual: An individual (age 18  or older) who volunteers.
  • Nonprofit Volunteer Program: A nonprofit whose volunteers have shown exemplary service in carrying out the mission of the organization through direct service to the community.
  • Government Employee/Agency: A government employee or agency at the local, state, or federal level that has provided outstanding volunteer service to the state outside of regular work operations.