Nominations open for Delaware governor’s volunteer awards

Delaware State News
Posted 9/7/21

NEW CASTLE  – Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism through Monday, Sept. 27.

These awards …

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Nominations open for Delaware governor’s volunteer awards

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NEW CASTLE  — Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards are being accepted by the State Office of Volunteerism through Sept. 27.

These awards recognize the important contributions made by Delaware’s volunteers to their communities.

“Tens of thousands of Delawareans give their time and effort each year, volunteering in their communities and working to make a difference in the lives of others,” Gov. John Carney said in a prepared statement. “Their selfless work helps us to build a stronger and healthier Delaware for everyone. And though they volunteer without thought of reward or recognition, these annual awards are a chance for us to say thank you and to highlight their contributions.”

Award recipients will be announced Nov. 20, to coincide with Family Volunteer Day. A virtual ceremony will be held Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

Volunteer efforts of nominees must have been performed during the 12-month period leading up to the nomination deadline, although prior volunteer activity can also be highlighted to show long-term commitment. Nominated individuals and group members must be 18 or older. Volunteers will be honored in the following categories:

  • Individual — An exceptional individual who volunteers.
  • Volunteer Leader — An individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities through his/her service.
  • Group/Team — A group or team of two or more people that volunteer together on the same project(s).

In addition, the Paul Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to a nominee who has had a longtime commitment to volunteerism. Mr. Wilkinson was a member of the Delaware Governor’s Council on Volunteerism from 2000-04, and when legislation transformed the council into a commission, he continued serving until 2008. He passed away Jan. 17, 2009. His legacy and dedication to serving others continues through the award named in his honor.

“The 2021 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards provides an excellent opportunity for Delawareans to nominate those extraordinary groups and individuals who lighten the burdens of others through their dedicated and ongoing service,” Kanani Hines Munford, senior administrator for the State Office of Volunteerism and executive cirector of the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service, said in a prepared statement. “Now is the time to nominate individuals and groups for their exemplary service.”

The nomination form is available online. For more information, nominators may contact Volunteer Service Administrator Suzanne Farris at suzanne.farris@delaware.gov or 857-5006.

Nominations that are not submitted online must be delivered by noon Sept. 27 to the State Office of Volunteerism, Attn: Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, c/o Suzanne Farris, Williams State Service Center, 805 River Road, Dover, DE 19901 or emailed to dhss_volunteerdelaware@delaware.gov.

“We are, as always, grateful for the services provided by the countless volunteers who donate their time, efforts and talents to the very same communities served by the Division of State Service Centers and the Department of Health and Social Services,” said Renée P. Beaman, director of the Division of State Service Centers. “Each day, our staff members work to protect vulnerable populations, and it is often these very same populations served by the volunteers we are seeking to recognize and honor.”

The Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards are sponsored by the Office of the Governor and are coordinated by the State Office of Volunteerism and the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service.

For more information about the awards or volunteer opportunities, go here.