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2018 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

Awards to Washington Individual Volunteers, National Service
Members, and Groups for Outstanding Community Service

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02/08/18 5:00 PM


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Awards to Washington outstanding volunteers who have devoted their time and energy to making their community a better place to live. These awards are given to individual volunteers, as well as to national service members whose volunteer service goes above and beyond the requirements of the designated program, and to groups in recognition of well-run programs at their organization, business, or corporation.

Volunteer Service Categories and Descriptions:

1. AmeriCorps Alum: an individual who served in AmeriCorps or VISTA who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service that continued following their term of service.
2. Animal Welfare: an individual serving to alleviate suffering inflicted on animals by people.
3. Arts and Culture: an individual who volunteers with an arts or cultural organization.
4. Citizen Corps/CERT: an individual who volunteers with a Citizen Corps program or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
5. Disaster Preparedness & Response: an individual who volunteers in disaster preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation activities. (This does not include paid first responders).
6. Education: an individual who volunteers in the K-12 education system.
7. Environment: an individual who volunteers on environmental issues.
8. Health Care: an individual who volunteers in a healthcare institution and/or for healthcare issues.
9. Human Services: an individual’s action which serves to assist others in navigating through crisis or chronic situations.
10. Public Safety: an individual who volunteers for the welfare and protection of others.
11. Social Services: an individual serving to build stronger communities, promote equality, social justice and/or opportunity.
12. Teen (13-18 years of age)
13. Veteran: a former member of the armed forces who volunteers serving veterans.
14. Youth (up to 12 years of age)
15. AmeriCorps Member: an individual serving a term in AmeriCorps who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service. The volunteer service must be above and beyond the requirements of the designated program.
16. AmeriCorps VISTA: an individual serving a term in VISTA who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service. The volunteer service must be above and beyond the requirements of the designated program.
17. Senior Corps: an individual serving in the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program or the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service. The volunteer service must be above and beyond the requirements of the designated program.
18. Employer-Based Program: A corporate program that promotes and supports volunteerism.
19. Service Group: A group of volunteers (faith-based, civic, leadership, etc.) meeting the needs of the community by providing service to the community at large.
20. Volunteer Family: A family that volunteers together on the same project(s).

Award Selection:

Award selections are based on the nominee’s volunteer efforts, commitment of time, accomplishments, community impact and enhancement of the lives of others, as described in the nomination statement. The elements of the statement include:

- Nominee’s outstanding commitment to volunteerism.
- Nominee’s outstanding accomplishments.
- The impact of their service on the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182772

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Guidelines:

- Volunteers may be nominated by an individual or organization.
- Focus on volunteer service for the past calendar year only.
- Volunteer service must be performed in Washington and may not include hours served as part of academic credit or court ordered community service.
- Nominee’s volunteer organization must serve the community at large (not limited to its own members).
- The nomination statement must be limited to the word count provided (500 words in total).
- In the event multiple nominations are received for the same individual in multiple categories, the nominee is only eligible to receive one award.
- Serve Washington reserves the right to withhold distribution of an award if deemed appropriate.
- Only a current member or participant of a national service program in Washington (e.g. AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or Senior Corps programs such as RSVP, FGP, and SCP) is eligible for the National Service Awards category. Alternatively, they may be nominated in one of the other award categories as appropriate.
- Serve Washington staff and commission members are not eligible to receive an award, or to nominate volunteers for awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the nomination guidelines.

Important dates:

February 8, 2018 - Nominations due
March 12-16, 2018 - Recipients selected and notified
April 9, 2018 - Serve Washington will host a ceremony to honor recipients at the Executive Mansion in Olympia.
April 16, 2018 - Seattle Mariners Salute to Volunteers Night where they will hold a pre-game on-field ceremony to honor recipients.

Honorees will be recognized at the Volunteer Service Awards ceremony to be held Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Executive Mansion in Olympia. The Seattle Mariners will invite honorees to be recognized during a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners Salute to Volunteers Night the following week on Monday, April 16, 2018.

The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. All nominations must be submitted via the online form (see link below) unless alternate format accommodations are requested.


- Entries are received in confidence, are scored by a team of commission members, and become the property of Serve Washington.
- Please do not submit any attachments, videos, news clips, etc., unless requested by Serve Washington. However, you may submit one photo of your nominee in action via email and include the first and last name in the subject line.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online nomination form:

Staff Contact:

Denise Berns or

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington