This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: November 12, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260,

Governor McAuliffe Seeks Nominations for Volunteerism Awards


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards.  The nomination period ends at 6:30 p.m. January 28.  

“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. 

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 1.79 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 221.7 million volunteer hours annually, the equivalent of $5.1 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, call (804) 726-7918, 1-800-638-3839 or email  The deadline for nominations is January 28 at 6:30 p.m. 

Nomination forms can be submitted online or downloaded and mailed to: 

Virginia Department of Social Services
Office on Volunteerism and Community Service  
801 East Main Street, 15th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) 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.”