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Nominations Sought for Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism

December 9th, 2010

Recognize volunteers who make a difference in your community, nominate them for a Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism! The nomination deadline is February 1, 2011. For details and to submit official nominations, please visit

For the past twenty-four years, these awards have celebrated and recognized the exemplary work of Maine’s volunteers while shinning a light on the impact of volunteerism statewide.

The award program is administered for the Governor’s Office by the Maine Commission for Community Service.  This year we are excited to announce two new award categories focused on Service Learning.  Award categories are as follows:

Awards for Groups or Organizations
School District Excellence in Service Learning: Recognizes excellence in Service Learning implementation by a K-12 school district.
Small Business Volunteerism Award: Recognizes a small business that participates in the community through volunteerism and community service projects having a significant impact on local residents.
Corporate Volunteerism Award: Recognizes a corporation that demonstrates volunteer leadership and/or whose employees’ volunteer service significantly improves the quality of life in the community.
Maine’s Outstanding Non-Profit Award: Recognizes a non-profit organization (501(c)3), municipality, or government program that has made significant changes and improvements in the condition of the community as a result of their volunteer service.

Awards for Individuals
Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes an individual who has provided significant service to his/her community through volunteerism and serves as a role model to the people in his/her community.
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes an individual under the age of 20 who has contributed to the life of someone in his/her community or to the improvement of the community through volunteer efforts.

National Service Volunteer Award: Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service over and above the requirements of their routine service assignments as a Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, *VISTA or Learn and Serve participant.
Outstanding Service Learning Practitioner: Recognizes excellence in Service Learning implementation by an educator, service learning coordinator, or other practitioner in the field of K-12 Service Learning.
Outstanding Volunteer in a Public Sector Volunteer Program: Recognizes an individual volunteering under the auspices of a public agency. The recipient will demonstrate effectiveness, commitment and significant contributions to meeting a local or statewide need. 
Excellence in Volunteer Administration: Recognizes excellence in leadership of volunteers and administration of a volunteer program by a salaried or non-salaried professional who works with volunteers to provide service to others.

Roll of Honor:Maine is fortunate to have hundreds of citizens who dedicate their time and energy to helping others on a regular basis. The Roll of Honor recognizes volunteers who donate 500 hours of documented service to the community during the past twelve months.

For details and to submit official nominations, please visit

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.  To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at