At the end of January, amid all of the snow and freezing rain, a warming notice was released by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV). The GOSV is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Governor’s Service Awards!
On Friday, Megan shared some great suggestions for recognizing your volunteers. Nominating them for an award is another great way. Each year, the GOSV receives many nominations; last year our Regional Coordinator Katelyn Ryan was on the review committee and she was incredibly moved just reading about the amazing things volunteers are doing around Maryland.
I’ve attended the Governor’s Service Awards ceremony the last few years and have to agree with Katelyn – it’s pretty amazing. We see young people, groups of retirees, faith leaders, business executives and AmeriCorps members being recognized at the highest level in our State and everyone walks away inspired. As Katelyn discussed last year, it’s nearly impossible to choose the award recipients from all of the nominations, and it’s certainly hard for volunteer coordinators to choose who to nominate. But, I promise, it’s worth it. Show your volunteers how much you appreciate them. Nominate them for this year’s Governor’s Service Awards. It’s free, it’s pretty simple, and your volunteers will be honored. The fact that you’ll be inspired and re-motivated to serve alongside them is an added bonus.