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Nominations sought for volunteers of the year

May 21, 2020

Volunteer Maine, the state service Commission, is seeking nominations for all categories of the 34th annual Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism. The goal of the awards is to celebrate and honor the exemplary work and leadership of Maine's citizens of all ages. Nominations will close on Tuesday, June 30 at 5 p.m.

The COVID-19 health emergency has shined a light on those who have stepped to help their fellow Mainers. This year’s award program is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of individuals, teams and organizations across the state who have answered the call to help Maine communities.

Twelve award recipients are selected from nominations by a panel of volunteer reviewers. The panel includes past award recipients, commission members, and community representatives. This year’s categories for individuals and teams are:

Individual or team categories - Maine Volunteer of the Year; Young Maine Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Public Sector Volunteer; Employee Volunteer of the Year; Outstanding National Service Volunteer; Outstanding Volunteer Team; Excellence in Volunteer Leadership; and Excellence in Youth Service Development.

Organization categories - Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program; Outstanding Nonprofit Volunteer Program; Service Enterprise of the Year, and School District Excellence in Service-learning.

Award winners will be honored at a recognition ceremony to be held in the fall, details to be announced at a later date. for more information on the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism, including categories, online nomination instructions, eligibility and selection criteria, visit

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