National Service Awards

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serving in Virginia who have performed outstanding service to their communities are honored annually at the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference. The third annual Virginia National Service Awards will be presented in May 2019 at the Volunteerism Conference to honor six amazing winners.

The 2019 Awards will be presented in the following categories:

SUBMIT NOMINATION

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These awards are presented by the Virginia Service Foundation and the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. The winners will be recognized at a special awards luncheon at the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference in Richmond, May 7, 2019. Read about last year's winners!

Guidelines & Questions

How do I submit a nomination?

  • Once the nomination process has begun, submit your online form at
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019NatlServiceAwards.
  • Helpful Tip: Save your submission entries in a word processing application such as Microsoft Word, then copy and paste the entries into the online form. Each answer is limited to 300 words.
  • If you are unable to submit the form online you may email the completed form to americorpsinfo@dss.virginia.gov by the deadline.

How long is the nomination period?

  • The nomination period begins Friday, February 8, 2019, and lasts until Friday, March 22, 2019. All nominations must be RECEIVED, submitted online, no later than 5:00 p.m., on March 22, 2019. (This deadline has been extended.) Any incomplete nomination or nomination received after 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date will not be considered.

Who is eligible to nominate someone for the AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Companion, Foster Grandparent, or RSVP awards?

  • The nominator must be a current Virginia grantee, sponsor, or site supervisor in one of the following five (5) national service categories: AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, or RSVP. 
  • The nominator or organization must be able to absorb the travel expenses of the awardee.
  • Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to win this award.

Who is eligible to nominate someone for the National Service Alum award?

  • Nominators for the category of National Service Alum may be any organization who has served as a previous sponsoring organization or represent the nominee's current employer.

How many total awards will be given?

  • A total of six (6) awards will be given:
    • AmeriCorps State Member of the Year (Robert E. Wone Award)
    • AmeriCorps VISTA Member of the Year
    • Foster Grandparent of the Year
    • Senior Companion of the Year
    • Retired and Senior Volunteer of the Year
    • National Service Alum of the Year

May I nominate someone for a category that is not on the nomination form?

  • Nominees must be eligible under one of the following six (6) categories: AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, RSVP, or National Service Alum.

How many nominations may I submit?

  • For National Service Members:
    • Each nominee may submit only ONE (1) nomination per stream of service (for example, if your organization has AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State and RSVP members serving, you can nominate one person for each of those categories.) Keep in mind that it is allowed to have multiple individuals from the same program nominating members. (For example, a program director and several site supervisors from the same program may nominate individuals in the same category.) We want to hear as many great stories as possible! 
  • For National Service Alums:
    • The nominator may submit one nomination.

Who reviews the nominations?

  • Nominations are reviewed by members of the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism.

When will I be notified regarding the status of my nomination?

  • You will be notified if your nominee has been selected as an award winner in April 2019.

What are the details regarding the 2019 Virginia National Service Awards Ceremony?

  • The awards ceremony luncheon will take place May 7, 2019, in Richmond, at the 2019 Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference.
  • Winners must be present at this ceremony to win their award.

If I have further questions, where may I call or e-mail for assistance?

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