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.
Volunteer Recognition Ideas
Here's a sample of the ideas posted on our facebook page for National Volunteer Month.
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Ongoing recognition opportunities:
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:
AARP Purpose Prize - AARP
A national award that celebrates people 50 and older who are using their life experience to make a difference and and celebrates the creativity, innovation, and inspiration that life experience brings.
Deadline for nomination submission March 31, 2019.
For more information go to https://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/purpose-prize/
ACS Humanitarian Awards - Association of Community Services of Howard County
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/.
2019 Nonmination Form Nomination deadline - January 31, 2019.
Read about these wonderful volunteers honored in 2018 and their contributions to our community.
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/.
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.
For more information send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard County Volunteer of the Year
Attn: Alexandra Bresani
Office of Public Information
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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/
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.