Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism

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Visit the celebration sites for the 2024 Awards:

2024 Individual Awards               2024 Celebration Photos

[Nominations closed March 7, 2024. Awards were presented May 5, 2024.]stylized drawing of four people in a circle

Since 1987, the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism have celebrated and recognized the role of citizen volunteers in the success and vitality of Maine communities. The program is managed on behalf of the Office of the Governor by Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service. 

The awards seek to inspire every Maine citizen to be active in civic life and follow in the footsteps of those recognized. Volunteers are the hidden muscle of community strength and resilience. They understand the issues their communities face, they are willing to seek solutions, and then donate their time and talent to implementing the solutions.

Award Types and Nomination Deadlines

To explore the award categories, eligibility criteria, and nomination instructions, use one of the red links.

Individual Categories (competitive) -- 6 opportunities to recognize sustained volunteer effort that impacted a significant local issue.
Submission deadline - TBD 2025.
Individual Awards

Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor (Non-competitive recognition) - Nominees must be at least 19 years of age and volunteered at least 500 hours in the prior calendar year. 
Submission deadline - TBD 2025.
Adult Roll of Honor

Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor (Non-competitive recognition) -- Nominees must be 18 years of age or younger and volunteered at least 50 hours in the prior year.
Submission deadline - TBD 2025.  
Maine Youth Roll of Honor

Annual Selection Timeframe

  • January - Nominations open.
  • March - Nomination deadlines.  
  • Late March - Nominators and award recipients notified of selection
  • April/May - Award recipients are honored. 


Each of the three programs is underwritten by community sponsors. No public funds are used for the program.

If you would like to support this recognition, please contact the Maine Volunteer Foundation at