The annual event celebrates Maine citizens who demonstrate a true commitment to service and volunteerism.
- Date: Mon. April 25, 2022
- Time: 6 - 6:30 p.m.
- Location: Virtual event - see below for stream info. The Facebook stream will not appear until 5:45 p.m. on April 25.
AUGUSTA – Maine Governor Janet Mills and Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, will recognize the volunteers who have gone above and beyond for Maine communities during a virtual award ceremony Monday, April 25.
The 36th annual Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism will honor those who provided volunteer service from January 1 - December 31, 2021. Recipients of competitive awards for individuals and teams as well as those named to the non-competitive Maine Adult Volunteer Roll of Honor will be recognized during the same ceremony.
Among the event highlights, Gov. Mills will present the competitive category awards and will offer words of appreciation to each individual or team honored. Each competitive award recipient will share remarks following the virtual presentation of the respective awards.
Competitive award categories
- Maine Volunteer of the Year
- Young Maine Volunteer of the Year
- Outstanding Volunteer Team
- Outstanding Volunteer Program
Information on Roll of Honor
This year, the Roll of Honor had 128 adults and 26 youth who contributed 175,661 volunteer hours to communities around the state. The Adult Roll of Honor will be made public the afternoon of Monday, April 25 on the Volunteer Maine website and will be accessible by using the following link -- 2022 Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor.
Adult recipients will be recognized in a late-April or early-May edition of the Bangor Daily News. Information on the date of publishing will be shared with honorees directly once a date has been determined. Recipients will also receive a personalized certificate in the mail.
Please note: Volunteer Maine does not publish the Maine Youth Volunteer Roll of Honor to protect the privacy of the state's young volunteers. As a form or recognition, each recipient will be mailed a personalized certificate and a commemorative service medal.
The 36th Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism are sponsored by the following organizations:
- Maine Volunteer Foundation (competitive awards ceremony, Maine Adult Volunteer Roll of Honor, Maine Youth Volunteer Roll of Honor)
- Portland Sea Dogs (Maine Adult Volunteer Roll of Honor, Maine Youth Volunteer Roll of Honor)
- Bangor Daily News (Maine Adult Volunteer Roll of Honor)
About the Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism
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. At the same time, the awards seek to inspire others to be active in civic life and follow in the footsteps of those recognized. The awards program is managed for the Governor’s Office by Volunteer Maine. More information on the award program can be accessed on the Volunteer Maine website -- visit Governor's Awards for Service and Volunteerism webpage.
About Volunteer Maine
Volunteer Maine, the Maine Commission for Community Service, builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing volunteer managers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of the scope and the impact of the volunteer sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. On Oct. 16, 2019, the Maine Commission for Community Service adopted the public identity Volunteer Maine. Visit VolunteerMaine.gov to learn more.
Bryan Roche, communications officer
Office: (207) 624-7836
Cell: (207) 446-3471
Award program contact (questions and clarifications: non-media)
Kelsey Preecs, program officer, volunteer initiatives
Office: (207) 624-7838