Are you or someone you know an active volunteer or dedicated servant to a Michigan community? If so, consider nominating yourself or others for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards. These annual awards are given by the governor to those who are committed to serving their communities through volunteerism. Nominations are not limited to single individuals but can also include organizations and businesses in Michigan.

The online application for nominations can be found at michigan.gov/governorsserviceawardsand will be available until Jan. 15, 2019. The MCSC will be hosting this year’s Governor’s Service Awards, but the date and location of the event are still being decided.

Using service as a strategy, MCSC works to address the state’s critical needs by empowering volunteers to help strengthen their community. The Governor’s Service Awards are used to honor those “who make a difference in Michigan communities,” said Ginna Holmes, MCSC’s executive director.

Holmes hopes that awarding individuals for their service will inspire others in the community to get involved. The awards will consider many different forms of volunteerism, represented by the following 10 categories:

  • Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Awardhonors an individual who has shown a lifelong commitment to community involvement and volunteerism.
  • Lifetime Humanitarian Awardhonors 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 age 65 and older who have taken action to make their community a better place to live through service.
  • Volunteer of the Year Awardhonors an individual who strives to improve the lives of neighbors, friends, community or congregation through volunteerism.
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year Awardhonors individuals who are age 25 or younger who have already begun making a significant difference in their community through service.
  • Mentor of the Year Awardhonors an individual who provides youth with the confidence and assets to be successful.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Organization Awardhonors service clubs, nonprofit, faith-based, veteran, disaster preparedness and other organizations that make 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: honors organizations that provide a high-quality national service program that yields a significant impact in a Michigan community.
  • Corporate and Small Business Community Leader Award: honors corporations and businesses that excel in community involvement and demonstrate excellent corporate citizenship by giving back to their community in a variety of ways.

For more information about the Governor’s Service Awards, contact MCSC at 517.335.4295 or gsa@michigan.gov. To get involved in your Michigan community, visit michigan.gov/volunteerfor opportunities near you.





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