AUGUSTA — Public and nonprofit programs across the state rely on local citizens to volunteer and help meet critical needs in their communities. The Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism offers a way to show appreciation while lifting up some volunteers as inspirational role models.

Gov/ Janet Mills speaks during the 2023 award ceremony in the Hall of Flags, as Volunteer Maine Commissioner Luke Shorty looks on. Submitted photo

Maine community volunteer programs have until Thursday, March 7, to submit nominations for individual awards or roll of honor recognition. One nominee in each of these categories will be selected by a community panel for recognition: Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Volunteer Team, Outstanding Employee Volunteer Program, and Outstanding Non-profit Volunteer Program.

The roll of honor recognition for both youth and adults shows appreciation for the many people who give more time to the community than the four hours a month from the typical Maine volunteer. This category is not competitive and just requires certification by the volunteer program leader. All nominees are recognized.

Volunteer leaders can find nomination details and submission instructions at


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