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Nominations Now Open for Annual Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism

January 24th, 2018


January 23, 2018                                                                                               Contact:  Cecily Cook    
For Immediate Release                                                                                     207-624-7803


Augusta, ME -- Nominations are currently being accepted for all categories of the Governor’s Service Awards. The goal of these awards is to celebrate and honor the exemplary work and leadership of Maine's dedicated citizens of all ages. Since 1987 the awards program has sought to not only honor the talent contributed to the State’s many communities, but also inspire others to follow in the footsteps of those recognized.


Meet last year’s Youth Volunteer of the Year, Olivia Spelman of Falmouth, pictured here with MCCS Commission Chair John Portela and First Lady Ann LePage. The 200+ hours she volunteers annually have gone to support needy families in the Greater Portland Area through Furniture Friends by heading up the provision bed linens and blankets to accompany the beds these families receive. Because of her leadership and dedication on this project and others, she was appointed to Furniture Friends’ board of directors as its first youth director. Olivia has also established her own organization, “Girls Can”, to increase access to peer mentoring and mutual support among young women and girls. The complete list of her volunteer accomplishments also includes participating in natural disaster response in Mississippi with Habitat for Humanity and numerous programs, councils, and clubs at Falmouth High School. 

There are nomination categories for groups, individuals, and organizations.  Submissions must be sent electronically by the deadlines below. For information on how to submit nominations, visit


  • Individual Honorees -- 10 opportunities to recognize individual businesses and organizations, community programs, and individuals. This is a competitive award process and the awardees are honored during a ceremony presided over by First Lady Ann LePage at the Capitol Building in Augusta in April.
    Submission deadline - March 5, 2018.


  • Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor - a non-competitive award presented to nominees who must be at least 19 years of age and volunteered at least 500 hours in the prior calendar year. All Volunteer Roll of Honor members receive a personalized certificate and tickets to a Sea Dogs game! 
    Submission deadline
     - March 15, 2018.


  • Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor - 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. Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger and volunteered at least 50 hours in the prior year. All Youth Volunteer Roll of Honor members receive a personalized certificate, medals, and tickets to a youth-oriented theatrical performance and appreciation event.
    Submission deadline - March 15, 2018.


The individual awards are presented at the Capitol each year in April during a ceremony presided over by First Lady Ann LePage.  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.  For more information about the Maine Commission for Community Service, visit