Nominations NOW Open for Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor!!!
February 8th, 2017
Contact: Cecily Cook
* * * For Immediate Release * * *
Annual Governor’s Awards for Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor
Nominations Now Open
With the deadline quickly approaching, nominations are currently being accepted for the Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor! The goal of these awards is to celebrate and honor the exemplary work and leadership of Maine's dedicated young citizens age 18 and under. While youth are often seen as the recipients of services, we would like to draw attention to the ways that young people all over the State of Maine are returning attention, energy, and enthusiasm to their communities, schools, and extracurricular groups. At the same time, the awards program seeks to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of those recognized. Through their donated time and talent, young volunteers strengthen communities, enhance their own life skills, and create lasting relationships.
This is a non-competitive award presented to any youth who takes on a leadership position in their community through youth group initiatives, student councils, independently established projects, or other social and collaborative endeavors.
Nominations can be either for a youth group or for an individual. Submissions must be sent electronically by Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5pm. For information on how to submit nominations, visit http://volunteermaine.org/governors-service-awards/young-maine-volunteer-roll-honor/
Qualifications for nominations include:
- Each young person nominated was 18 years of age or younger on December 31, 2016;
- Each youth nominated volunteered for at least 50 hours during the 12 month period (Jan 1 - Dec 31);
- Members of a youth group nominated averaged 50 volunteer hours each during the 12 month period;
- The volunteer service was not court-ordered community service;
- None of the volunteer service was part of a charitable fundraising project; and
- The nominator has written parental consent to submit the nomination.
The awards are presented at the Capitol each year in April during National Volunteer Week. The awards program is managed for the Governor’s Office by the Maine Commission for Community Service.
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.