Volunteers are the heartbeat of Maine and it is volunteer recognition season. Nominations are currently being accepted for the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism, Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor, and Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor.
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.
• Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor nominees must be 19 years of age or older and have volunteered at least 500 documented hours in the prior calendar year. Learn more at volunteermaine.org/governors-service-awards/roll-honor.
• Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor nominees must be 18 years of age or younger and have volunteered at least 50 hours in the prior year. Learn more at volunteermaine.org/governors-service-awards/young-maine-volunteer-roll-honor.
Teachers and coaches are encouraged to submit nominations for student groups if each member of the group meets the 50-hour minimum requirement. Please note: Any hours of volunteer time completed for graduation can also be counted toward the minimum obligation for this award program.
Awardees will be honored at the statewide Roll of Honor recognition ceremony that will be held at the Messalonskee High School in the J. Duke Albanese Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 14.
Nomination submissions must be sent electronically by or before the deadline date of Friday, March 15. For information on how to submit nominations, go to volunteermaine.org/governors-service-awards.
This program is administered by the Maine Commission for Community Service, which strives to build capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy. For more information about the Maine Commission for Community Service, visit maineservicecommission.gov.