Molly de Aguiar, Program Associate
Most non-profits could not exist without their volunteers. If you’re a New Jersey non-profit – or simply know someone who selflessly gives to their communities – here’s a wonderful way to recognize and honor volunteers: the 2010 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards.
The Governor’s Office of Volunteerism will recognize volunteers in a wide variety of categories, including emergency services, environmental stewardship, youth in service, good neighbors, innovators, and “against all odds” (how great is that category?!). You can nominate volunteers for up to three of 18 categories. Winners will be celebrated at a state-wide recognition ceremony during National Volunteer Week (April 18 – 24).
Submit your nomination online, with a 300 word essay which includes:
- How the nominee has impacted the community—specifically what is the beneficial outcome (to others) of their efforts.
- How the nominee’s service to community is exceptional and deserving of the New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award, including length of service if appropriate.
- Include contact information for one or more individuals who could also discuss the nominee’s service.
You can get the full run-down of nomination information and the nomination form here.
In light of the recent Haiti earthquake and its impact on volunteer centers across the state, the nomination deadline has been extended from January 31 to February 14.
If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or have questions about the awards, please get in touch with our friends at the Volunteer Management Centers.