2015 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards

Nominations are now open!

CaliforniaVolunteers is pleased to announce the 2015 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards. Nominations are now open for individuals, AmeriCorps members, service groups, foundations, businesses, state agencies, and nonprofit leaders whose innovation in the field of service and volunteerism has had a tangible impact on their community, region, and the State of California.

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To view past recipients of the Governor's Volunteering and Service Awards, visit our previous winners page.

Categories

California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program.

California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California small business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program.

California’s Foundation of the Year
Honoring a California-based foundation that has made a successful investment in service and volunteering models in addressing community needs.

California’s Nonprofit of the Year
Honoring a California nonprofit who has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization.

California’s Faith-based Organization of the Year
Honoring an outstanding faith-based organization which actively engages volunteers in addressing community needs.

California’s Disaster Volunteer Program of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California disaster volunteer program that has demonstrated an unwavering service commitment to the local community.

California’s Governmental Agency of the Year
Honoring an outstanding California state, county, or city agency or department that has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to engaging volunteers.

California’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year
Honoring a California AmeriCorps member who has made a substantial impact to their community.

California’s Youth Volunteer of the Year
Honoring an outstanding Californian under the age of 18 whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational.

California’s Volunteer of the Year
Honoring an outstanding Californian aged 18 or older, whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must have had a significant impact on their community, region, and/or the State of California through the act of volunteerism.
  • All nominees must carry out the majority of their volunteer service in California. Individual nominees must reside in California. Businesses and Foundations must be based in or have a significant presence in California. Nonprofit leaders’ organizations must be based in California.
  • Nominees must have exhibited creative leadership, and consistent commitment to one or more cause.
  • Nominees should be seen as innovators in the field of volunteerism, not solely “good at” implementing traditional best practices.
  • Nominees should support or create opportunities for other Californians to serve.
  • Nominations may be submitted by the nominees themselves or by a third party.
  • Winners must attend the presentation of the awards in person at the Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards presentation event in Sacramento on October 15, 2015.

How to Submit

Nominations must be received by CaliforniaVolunteers no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015. Mail-in nominations are acceptable.

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Mail-in
Mail-in nominations are acceptable and can be mailed to:

CaliforniaVolunteers
Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award Nominations
1400 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Award Presentation

The 2015 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards will be held in Sacramento on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Nominations must be received by CaliforniaVolunteers no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015. All nominations must be completed, on time, in their entirety. Partial and/or late nominations and late letters of support and additional materials will not be accepted.
  2. Mail-in nominations are acceptable and can be mailed to: CaliforniaVolunteers, Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award Nominations, 1400 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
  3. Open only to residents of California. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of CaliforniaVolunteers, their respective subgrantees, subcontractors, jurisdictions, affiliates, advertising/promotional agencies, vendors, and the members of the immediate family or those living in the same household of such individuals are ineligible. Limit one award per person, family, household, business, or organization. Award winners must provide proof of legal California residency.
  4. Nominees must have had a significant, measurable impact on their community, region and/or the State of California through the act of volunteerism. All nominees must carry out the majority of their volunteer service in California. Individual nominees must reside in California. Businesses, service groups, foundations, and nonprofits must be based in or have a significant presence in California.
  5. Nominees must have exhibited creativity, compassion, leadership, and consistent commitment to one or more cause. Nominees should be seen as innovators in the field of volunteerism, not solely “good at” implementing traditional best practices. Nominees should support or create opportunities for other Californians to serve.
  6. Nominations may be submitted by the nominees themselves or by a third party.
  7. Separate nomination packets may be submitted for as many nominees as desired. Nominating multiple volunteers in the same role, in the same organization will not increase the likelihood of an award. Nominating the same nominee multiple times and/or in multiple categories will not increase the likelihood of an award.
  8. All nominations must include a letter of support from someone other than the nominator or the nominee. This letter should be mailed with the nomination form and not sent separately.
  9. Additional materials are optional. They can include additional relevant information about the nominee, additional letters of support, photos, testimonials, news clippings, pamphlets, etc. PDF documents are preferred; Word documents are acceptable.
  10. Electronic additional materials (video, CD, etc.) are acceptable and should be included as part of a mail-in nomination. Electronic materials should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.
  11. Please tell the nominee that they have been nominated for a Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award.
  12. Nominations will be reviewed and winners selected by a committee comprised of the Governor’s staff, community members, and CaliforniaVolunteers staff. Decisions of the selection committee are final. Award recipients will be notified in early August.
  13. Winners will receive an award to be presented in at the Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards Presentation Event on October 15, 2015. Winners are required to attend the presentation event in order to receive their award in-person.
  14. By submitting nomination, participants agree to all rules as set forth in the Official Rules and Guidelines. Participants agree that all nominations become the sole property of CaliforniaVolunteers and may be reproduced in whole or in part (i.e. modified and/or edited in any form whatsoever) by CaliforniaVolunteers without further compensation or notification. By submitting a nomination, participants attest that they are eligible according to the Official Rules and Guidelines and that their nomination is truthful and authentic. Failure to comply with requirements will result in forfeiture of the award. Awards will then be given to the next highest judged nomination. Nominators may have access to their entry at any time via CaliforniaVolunteers by emailing gvsa@cv.ca.gov as provided by the Information Practices Act.
  15. For a list of award winners, visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org on or after October 15, 2015.