Nominations for the 2016 Governor's Service Awards are closed

Lorraine Knuth

Volunteers throughout Michigan demonstrate the power of giving and caring every day. To recognize these dedicated individuals, the Michigan Community Service Commission and the Office of the Governor invite you to nominate an outstanding volunteer or organization for the 2016 Governor’s Service Awards.

Governor’s Service Awards nominees are selfless individuals and organizations who mentor and tutor children, serve the hungry and homeless, assist the elderly, care for our environment, and much more.

Not sure who to nominate? Look around you and you’ll see great volunteers in your office, place of worship, and community. They are young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, educators, national service members…they are your boss, your secretary, your babysitter, your mom, your grandfather, your neighbor, or your friend.

New for 2016, all nominations were made online. 

Awards may be presented to nominees in nine categories for significant service contributions. Because the goal of the Governor’s Service Awards is to recognize outstanding and extraordinary volunteer service efforts, the judging panel reserves the right to award one or more honorees in a category. The panel may also opt not to issue awards in a category. To honor the awardees, a celebration will be hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission in fall 2016.

Awardees and their nominators will be notified if they have been selected as a Governor’s Service Award Recipient. To honor the recipients, Governor Snyder will present the awards during a celebration in early fall 2016. Additional event details will be announced in spring 2016. 

Since 1994, Michigan's Governor and her/his spouse have been hosting the Governor's Service Awards to pay tribute to outstanding volunteers from across Michigan. These volunteers demonstrate the power of giving and caring every day, and the Governor's Service Awards are one small way we can thank them for their commitment.  Although volunteers don't expect accolades, we know volunteer recognition leads to volunteer retention.

Who benefits from the Governor's Service Awards?

 In addition to the award winners and finalists, communities throughout Michigan benefit from the Governor's Service Awards.  Volunteers are essential ingredients to the health and vitality of our communities and act as critical problem-solving resources. This event elevates the visibility of service and encourages other to volunteer as well.




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