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Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

Catch up on the 2016 award news!

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Since 1987, the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism have celebrated and recognized the exemplary work of Maine's most dedicated citizens.   At the same time, the awards seek to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of those recognized.

Citizens who serve in their communities as volunteers contribute to the strength and vitality of every Maine town and city. They help respond to fires and emergencies, mentor our children, provide food to neighbors in need, comfort the elderly, transport the sick to medical appointments, and a thousand other things. 

Through their donated time and talent, volunteers help communities stretch finite cash resources to deliver the most service possible.

Founded during Governor McKernon's administration, the program has continued uninterrupted. It is managed on behalf of the Office of the Governor by the Maine Commission for Community Service. 


Award Types and Nomination Deadlines

Individual Honorees -- 10 opportunities to recognize individual businesses, community programs, and individuals. Submission deadline - 2017 deadline TBA.

Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor - nominees must be at least 19 years of age and volunteered at least 500 hours in the prior calendar year. Submission deadline - 2017 deadline TBA.

Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor -- nominees must be 18 years of age or younger and volunteered at least 50 hours in the prior year. Submission deadline - 2017 deadline TBA.

For details on each award type, see link in right sidebar. Directions for preparing and submitting nominations are there as well.


Annual Selection Timeframe

October - Nominations open.

February/March - Nominations deadline.  Panels of community members, volunteer program managers, and Commission members review nominations. Each submission is rated against the criteria and purpose of the award.

March - Nominators and award recipients notified of selections so they can plan to attend the presentation ceremony. Final decisions are not announced to the public or press until the award ceremony.

April - Award recipients, their families, nominators, and program sponsors attend the very festive presentation ceremony.


Would you like to serve on the selection panel?

As noted elsewhere, nominations for Individual Awards are considered by a selection panel of community members. If you would like to serve and help pick the award recipients, please complete THIS APPLICATION. The panels are organized in January of each year. Details about time requirements and participation are discussed on the application.


2016 Sponsors

Sponsors are added in the order they commit support.

Young Maine
Volunteer Roll of Honor


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Maine Volunteer
Roll of Honor
sea dogs 

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Individual Awards Ceremony 

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