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Volunteer Recognition

L to R: Steven McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives; Rick Yount, Executive Director of Warrior Canine Connection; Nicki Fiocco, Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism; Robert L. Finn, Deputy Secretary of Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs presenting 60+ Governor’s Volunteer Certificates for Warrior Canine Connection volunteers who served over 250 hours in 2019 with Cooper the Golden.

Each year, we celebrate Marylanders’ service to their communities in many ways.
From statewide events to Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates awarded to individual citizens, there are many ways to recognize the extraordinary work of volunteers.

M&T Bank Honor Rows Program
During each Baltimore Ravens home game throughout the regular season, the M&T Bank Honor Rows program salutes youth groups who provide outstanding services to our communities. Learn more.

Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair
Governor Larry Hogan extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled day at the Maryland State Fair each year. Volunteers, friends, and family are invited to take advantage of discount passes. Learn more.

Governor’s Service Awards
The Governor’s Service Awards recognizes Maryland citizens for their significant contributions to the life and health of the State. Learn more.

Youth Service Awards
The Youth Service Awards recognizes Maryland youth and youth groups for their significant volunteer contributions to change Maryland for the better. Learn more about the inaugural year.

Black History Month Leadership & Service Awards
The Governor’s Service Awards recognizes Maryland-based, African American-founded organizations that provide volunteer service to improve Maryland communities for all. Learn more.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates
Recognize volunteers all year long by submitting a request for Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates. Learn more below.


Governor’s Volunteer Service Certificates

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities through federal funding from AmeriCorps.

Organizations must complete an online form, providing contact information and number of certificates needed. Organizations may request up to 250 certificates at a time. At the end of the form, you will be prompted to upload a Volunteer Certificate Recipient spreadsheet. Follow the instructions in the form to complete the Excel spreadsheet with the names of the volunteers to be honored and the reason for the honor.

Before you begin your request, be sure to have:

  • A valid Gmail address
  • Access to your Gmail
  • 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

Your request must be received at least three weeks prior to the date they are needed. Please Note: Requests over 100 certificates may require additional fulfillment time.


  • What do the certificates look like?
    Certificates are personalized with volunteers’ names and are usually presented as part of an annual or special recognition event. Certificates are 8.5 x 11 inches in size. View a sample certificate.
  • What are the volunteer certificates for?
    The Office on Service & Volunteerism awards volunteer certificates to Marylanders for outstanding contributions to local communities.
  • How many certificates can I request?
    Agencies may request up to 250 certificates at a time.
  • Who can I contact for more information?
    If you have further questions, contact Joanna Chen at

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.