Annapolis, MD–The Governor’s Office onServiceand Volunteerism today announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2018 Governor’sServiceAwards, marking the 35th year for thisawardsceremony, which will be held this fall. The Governor’sServiceAwardsrecognize Marylanders who have provided significant volunteer contributions to communities around the state during 2017 (or longer for Lifetime Achievement Category), and are working to change Maryland for the better.

“The Governor’s Office onServiceand Volunteerism remains committed to Governor Hogan’s directive to recognize, promote, and encourage volunteerism throughout the state,” said Van Brooks, Director of the Governor’s Office onServiceand Volunteerism. “In addition to the upcoming Governor’sServiceAwards, we celebrate theserviceof Maryland’s outstanding volunteers through various initiatives, including the Black History Month Community LeadersAwardsintroduced earlier this year. Our office has recognized the significant contributions of volunteers to our communities by giving over 1,400 volunteer certificates just since the beginning of 2018.”

“The continued efforts of the Governor’s Office onServiceand Volunteerism, through initiatives such as the Governor’sServiceAwards, help to grow Maryland’s volunteer community – an important partner in ensuring that all citizens have access to the resources they need to thrive in Maryland,” said Steve McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “Recently, my office utilized these very relationships to connect volunteer networks to an initiative led by Governor Hogan to distribute hundreds of thousands of food kits to Marylanders in need.”

In 2017, over 150 nominations were received for the prestigious Governor’sServiceAwards. Among last year’sawardrecipients were Grace Callwood, a youth survivor of stage IV Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and the founder of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to finding swift solutions for homeless, sick, and foster children; Miriam Zadek, a lifelong advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community in Maryland; and Champion ofServiceAwardwinner Mr. J.W. Marriott.

The deadline to submit a nomination isFriday, June 1, 2018. Nominations are encouraged to include strong narrative writing within the word limit, focus on the previous year ofservice(excluding the Lifetime Achievement category), and provide comprehensive quantitative data to supportserviceefforts, such as the number of people served and number of hours volunteered. Nominations may be submitted for individuals and groups in one of 15 categories:

AmeriCorps Alum Lifetime Achievement
Corporate Business Member of the Board
Emerging Leader NationalService
ExemplaryServiceLearning Nonprofit Volunteer Program
Faith-Based State Employee
First Responder Veteran
Group/Team Youth
Individual

To learn more about theawardsand submit a nomination, visitgosv.maryland.gov/governors-serviceawards.