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Volunteer Recognition

Celebrating volunteers (and agencies that effectively manage volunteers) is so important! 

  • Spotlights individuals, groups, non-profit organizations or governmental agencies and businesses doing amazing things.

  • Shows volunteers and agencies that we sincerely appreciate what they're doing (and how they're doing it).

  • Encourages community members to discover and participate in existing opportunities to make a difference.

  • Inspires!


Current Recognition Opportunities

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Ongoing recognition opportunities:

Certificates, Citations & Proclamations, and more.

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. Please refer to their website for details.

Volunteer Certificates: (requires at least 3 weeks notice - more for requests of 100+)
Agencies may request up to 250 certificates. Requests are required to be submitted via an online submission form with basic information such as your contact information and the number of certificates needed.

Governor's Citations & Proclamations: (requires at least 8 weeks notice)
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. 
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. 


Annual recognition opportunities:


Audrey Robbins Awards - Association of Community Services of Howard County

Read about these wonderful volunteers and their contributions to our community.

Nominations are accepted for Employee Individual of the Year, Employee Team of the Year, Volunteer Individual of the Year, Volunteer Team of the Year, and Business of the Year.  Deadline is usually end of January. For more information go to http://www.acshoco.org/.
2018 Nonmination Form

Governor's Service Awards - Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism

For details on categories and nomination applications
go to http://gosv.maryland.gov/governors-service-awards/‚Äč.

Howard County Volunteer of the Year - Howard County Government and Volunteer Center Serving Howard County

Read about these wonderful volunteers and their contributions to our community.

Nominations are accepted for Individual Youth, Individual Adult, Non-profit Organization or Governmental Agency, and For-profit or Community Group. Deadline for Nominations and Endorsements: usually late February early March - 2018 dates to be confirmed
Forms are available online.

Submit via email to voy@howardcountymd.gov 

Mail to:

Howard County Volunteer of the Year
Attn: Alexandra Bresani
Office of Public Information 
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043

For more information go to https://www.howardcountymd.gov/voy.

NGen Leadership Award - Independent Sector

Each year, Independent Sector presents the American Express NGen Leadership Award to one emerging changemaker, age 40 and under, who has demonstrated transformative social impact through collaborative leadership.

The nomination period for the 2018 award closes Friday, May 25, 2018.

For more information go to independentsector.org/programs/ngen/ngen-leadership-award/

Purpose Prize® Award - AARP

The AARP® Purpose Prize® award honors extraordinary individuals who use their life experience to make a better future for all.

Included within the AARP Purpose Prize is the Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. This award celebrates the legacy of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.  Dr. Andrus was an innovative educator and social change agent. The Andrus Prize for Intergenerational Excellence recognizes work that brings multiple generations together for a better community.

For more information go to aarp.org/about-aarp/purpose-prize/

Spirit Of Columbia Scholarship Award – Columbia Association

Up to six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors from local high schools who have shown a history of providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in the Columbia area. For more than 25 years, Columbia Association (CA) has been recognizing high school seniors for outstanding service to their community.

For details, eligibility requirements and application go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/Scholarship. Completed applications must be submitted by March 15th. For more information, call 410-715-3161 or email SpiritofColumbia@ColumbiaAssociation.org.


Simple Recognition Ideas

  • Confirm their service hours at VolunteerHoward.org
  • Greet Volunteer by Name
  • Express appreciation for completed tasks in person, by text, email or facebook post
  • Send a card - snail-mail or email - have note signed by Executive Director
  • Clarify how volunteer service makes a difference 
  • Appreciation events
  • Take a volunteer to lunch
  • E-newsletter, annual report shout-outs
  • Nominate for County or State Recognition
  • Small gifts or treats


Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is a program of ColumbiaAssociation.