If you know a volunteer within the state that deserves recognition, you can share their story and reward them for their service.
The organization Serve Washington tells KXRO that they are now accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers in Washington communities.
Residents can nominate volunteers from a number of categories, including health care, environment, teens, youth, disaster preparedness, and more.
In 2016, Aberdeen resident Royce Travis was recognized for her work with the Grays Harbor/Pacific/Thurston Senior Companion Program.
2019 nominees will be recognized at an April 12 ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.
In 2018, the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honored 20 individuals. Mike Port received the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Service award in the health care category. Port, a Seattle Children’s Hospital volunteer, said receiving the award was further affirmation that he’s doing something good for the staff, parents and children at the hospital.
Barbara Tilley, Wenatchee resident, received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award in the Senior Corps category for volunteering with RSVP of North Central Washington. The nonprofit recruits and places volunteers in the area.
Volunteer recognition is a key component of effective volunteer management. Last year, more than 2 million Washington residents–35 percent of the state’s population–volunteered for 202 million hours. That worked out to be an estimated economic value of $4.8 billion, according to the “Volunteering in America” November 2018 report.
You can submit a nomination through http://servewashington.wa.gov/ until 5 p.m., Feb. 8, 2019.
You may nominate someone in the following categories: