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Nominations open for annual Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism through Sept. 6

Published August 6, 2019

Photo of 2018 Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism winners and MCCS Commissioners standing inside in two rows

Five new categories create additional opportunities to recognize and celebrate the citizen volunteers who better Maine

The Maine Commission for Community Service is seeking nominations for all categories of the annual 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 Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism have celebrated and recognized the role of citizen volunteers in the success and vitality of Maine communities.  At the same time, the awards seek to inspire others to be active in civic life and follow in the footsteps of those recognized.

This year, the Commission is introducing five new nomination categories to better acknowledge the individuals and organizations that champion Maine's volunteerism efforts. The new categories are Employee Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer Team, Excellence in Youth Service Development, Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program, and Service Enterprise of the Year.  

In total, 11 award recipients are selected from nominations by a panel of volunteer reviewers. The panel includes past award recipients, Commission members, and community representatives.

Also new for 2019, the awards for outstanding individual volunteers and organizational volunteer programs will be presented at the Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference on Oct. 15 in Orono, Maine. This move will allow the Commission to celebrate Maine's volunteer role models and their inspirational stories with the largest audience possible. The individual awards were previously presented at the Capitol in April. 

Recipients of the 2018 Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism include Freeport Community Services, Outstanding Non-profit Volunteer Program Award; Alex Schin of Ellsworth, Maine, Outstanding National Service Volunteer; Howard Bliss of Brunswick, Maine, Volunteer of the Year; and Ruthie Gusler of Phillips, Maine, Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Please view the link for more information on the Governor's Service Awards, including categories, nomination instructions, eligibility and selection criteria. The awards program is managed for the Governor's Office by the Maine Commission for Community Service.

About the Commission:

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of the scope and the impact of the volunteer sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service use the link to view the website.

For all media inquiries:

Contact: Bryan Roche, Communications Officer, Maine Commission for Community Service    
Office: 207-624-7803
Email: bryan.roche@maine.gov

Photo information:

Photo of 2018 Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism winners with Maine Commission for Community Service Commissioners and dignitaries. Top to bottom, left to right: Howard Bliss (Volunteer of the Year), Alex Schin (Outstanding National Service Volunteer), Joyce Oreskovich, Ruthie Gusler (Youth Volunteer of the Year), Colin Korlesky (Exemplary Service Award recipient), Irv Marsters, Debbie Dagget (Volunteer Coordinator, Freeport Community Services, Outstanding Non-profit Volunteer Program), Paula Paladino (Executive Director, Freeport Community Services, Outstanding Non-profit Volunteer Program), Suzanne Hand (of Girl Scouts of Maine, Exemplary Service Award recipient in Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program), John Portella (Commissioner, Maine Commission for Community Service)