For Immediate Release: November 3, 2015
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Governor McAuliffe Seeks Nominations for Volunteerism Awards

~Deadline is December 16~

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards.  The nomination period ends at 5:00 p.m. on December 16th.  

“The spirit of community service lives and thrives in every city, county and town across the Commonwealth,” Governor McAuliffe said. “Virginians recognize that volunteerism can be its own reward, but these awards provide a special occasion each year in which we can recognize those individuals, families and businesses who serve their communities with distinction. I look forward to learning about their accomplishments.” 

Awards will be presented in individual and group categories, including youth, senior and adult volunteers, faith-based organizations, families that volunteer together, community organizations, small businesses and corporations. 

“Many Virginians get critical help from programs that could not operate without the generosity of volunteers,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel. “These awards are one way of being able to say thank you to the people whose work is so valuable to our communities.” 

The awards recognize the outstanding efforts of Virginia’s volunteers.  Nominations are open to small businesses, corporations, community groups, individuals and families that exemplify extraordinary volunteerism and community service. 

“Each year, the Commonwealth recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to serving their communities.  These individuals and organizations are among the 1.95 million Virginians who made a difference in the lives of others by volunteering last year,” said Fran Inge, Director of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Division of Community and Volunteer Services.  

Virginians, on average, contributed more than 250.4 million volunteer hours annually, the equivalent of $5.6 billion of service to the Commonwealth. 

This year’s winners will be honored this spring during an awards ceremony in Richmond.  For more information or to nominate a person or group, click here or call (804) 726-7918, 1-800-638-3839 or email volunteerism@dss.virginia.gov . The deadline for nominations is December 16 at 5:00 p.m. 

This year, nomination forms and two letters of support must be submitted online.

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) www.dss.virginia.gov is headquartered in Richmond and administers social services programs consistent with Federal and State law and policy of the State Board of Social Services through 120 local departments of social services (LDSS) and regional state offices throughout the Commonwealth. VDSS’ mission is “People helping people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect to shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities.”

 

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