Governors Volunteer Service Award nominations open!

washington state symbolServe Washington is accepting nominations for the 13th annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which recognize individuals, volunteer groups and families for their volunteer efforts. The awards honor some of Washington’s most dedicated individuals and groups for their commitment to volunteerism as the foundation for caring communities and a thriving Washington.

Nominators should read the nomination guidelines outlined on the first few pages of the link below before completing the nomination, as this describes what the selection committee uses to determine awardees. The deadline is Feb. 9th at 5pm. Further details as well as the link to the nomination form are below.

A team of judges will review applications to select 12 individual awards, five national service awards and three group awards for these individual criteria:

Individual awards National Service awards
AmeriCorps alumna/alumnus
Animal welfare
Citizen Corps/CERT volunteer
Disaster/emergency response
Employee volunteer
Health care
Human services
Social services
Youth (18 and younger)

National Service Awards:

AmeriCorps member
VISTA volunteer
Foster Grandparent Program
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Senior Companion Program

Group awards
Employer-based program
Service group
Volunteer family

Honorees will be recognized at the Volunteer Service Awards ceremony to be held Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Executive Mansion in Olympia and later that day during a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field in Seattle in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners Salute to Volunteers Night.

The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. All nominations must be submitted via the online form at unless accommodations are requested.

For more information, visit:

Serve Washington advances national service, volunteerism and civic engagement to improve lives; expands opportunity to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington; and strengthens community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities.

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About Lisa Yeager

Lisa Yeager has more than 15 years experience in Volunteer Management. She has lead volunteers at the Bellevue Art Museum, WACAP, Hopelink, Encompass, Autism Speaks (Walk Now for Autism), and the Sno-valley Senior Center. She has won the DuFort Award for Volunteer Management, and Program Manager of the Year in 2000. She is currently Treasurer and conference chair for VAN.
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