Governor's Service Awards
About the Awards

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The Nomination
Governor's Service Awards
Statement Criteria

Nomination Checklist

Greetings from the Governor

Nomination Form
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service, in celebration of volunteers across West Virginia, invite nominations for the 2015 Governor’s Service Awards. Every day extraordinary individuals, organizations, families, and businesses effect real change in their communities through volunteer service. They are the catalysts that help people and groups move past their differences to build shared understanding and solve common problems. Volunteers give West Virginia hope for the future. As the Governor’s advisory board on matters relating to service and volunteerism, Volunteer West Virginia mobilizes resources, promotes an ethic of service, and empowers communities to solve problems and improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.

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Statement Criteria
Please remember that the reviewers’ only knowledge about the nominee’s volunteer efforts is through the material submitted with the nomination. Your 500 word statement should address the following criteria that will be used in reviewing and judging the nominations:

  • Community needs - What community need did the nominee address? How did the nominee recognize the need? What motivated the nominee to become involved in the volunteer activities? Why did the nominee believe this activity was important for the recipients, community, and state?
  • Achievement - What did the nominee do to meet the community need through volunteer service? With the exception of Lifetime Achievement, the nomination should be made for the actual accomplishments achieved in the 2014-2015 calendar year. The statement might answer such questions as: What significant event occurred for which that the nominee was responsible? How many hours have been committed to the activity and how many people served? Did the nominee raise funds for a project and in what amount? Did the nominee recruit other volunteers to help with the project? What long-term impact has the volunteer activity had on the community?
  • Ongoing Involvement - What is the nominee’s ongoing involvement? Is the service
    hands-on and ongoing or outstanding service for a short-term crisis? What is the nominee’s ongoing involvement?
  • Impact - What difference was made in the community or the state because of what the nominee did? Nominees should have directly improved the lives of West Virginians. Be specific.
  • Innovation - How was the nominee innovative in performing volunteer service, in such areas as building community support, generating resources, recruiting volunteers, developing public/private partnerships etc. How did the nominee overcome any unique
    challenges to perform the service?

For more information on Governor's Service Awards, contact Moya Doneghy at (304) 558-0111.