Nominations Open for Governor’s Service Awards

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Do you know someone who consistently volunteers to help improve the community? How about a nonprofit organization or educational facility whose members volunteer to causes that have a positive impact on their people in their city?

Volunteers, organizations, and businesses serving their Michigan communities through volunteerism may be nominated for the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards. Nominations must be submitted by Jan. 17, according to a news release.

“We want to recognize Michigan volunteers who make their community a better place,” said Ginna Holmes, executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, host of the awards presentation. “Hearing the stories of Michiganders’ generosity and giving spirit is inspiring for all.”

Awards will be presented in 10 categories:

  • Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual who has shown a lifelong commitment to community involvement and volunteerism.
  • Lifetime Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals or families that have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to a community or organization.
  • Senior Volunteer of the Year Award honors individuals 65 and older who have taken action to make their community a better place to live through service.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award lauds an individual who strives to improve the lives of neighbors, friends, community, or congregation through volunteerism.
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year Award singles out individuals who are 25 or younger who make a significant difference in their community through service.
  • Mentor of the Year Award honors a person who provides youth with the confidence and assets to be successful.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award recognizes service clubs, nonprofit, faith-based, veteran, disaster preparedness and other organizations making a demonstrated difference in their community.
  • Education Service Leader Award honors schools, colleges, universities and other organizations that support youth making a difference in their communities.
  • Outstanding National Service Program Award is presented to organizations providing a high-quality national service program that yields a significant impact in a Michigan community.
  • Corporate Community Leader Award lauds corporations and businesses that excel in community involvement and demonstrate excellent corporate citizenship by giving back to their community in a variety of ways.

The online application for the 2020 Governor’s Service Awards is available at www.michigan.gov/governorsserviceawards. For additional information or questions, please contact the Michigan Community Service Commission at (517) 335-4295 or gsa@michigan.gov.

The Community Service Commission hosts the event. The date and location of the awards presentation will be announced at a later date, according to the release.

The Michigan Community Service Commission uses service as a strategy to address the state’s most pressing issues and empowers volunteers to strengthen communities. In 2019-2020, the commission is granting more than $21 million in federal funds to local communities for volunteer programs and activities. Michigan’s AmeriCorps, Volunteer Michigan and Mentor Michigan are programs overseen by the commission. Visit www.michigan.gov/volunteer for more information.

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