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Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

Nominations NOW Open for April/May 2018 events! 

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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 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 - March 5, 2018.

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
- March 15, 2018.

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 - March 15, 2018.

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


Annual Selection Timeframe

  • December/January - Nominations open.
  • March - Nomination deadlines.  
  • Late March - Nominators and award recipients notified of event details.
  • April/May - Award recipients are honored. Individual awards are presented in a ceremony at the Hall of Flags. Youth Roll of Honor recipiencts are honored at a theatrical event. Adult Roll of Honor recipients are honored at a Sea Dogs game.


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, email the Commission at The planning and selection committees are organized in January of each year. Details about time requirements and participation are discussed on the application.


2018 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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Bangor Daily News

Individual Awards Ceremony 

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