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Governor’s Volunteerism Awards

The Virginia Governor's Volunteerism awards are presented annually on behalf of the Governor of Virginia in partnership with the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service (OVCS) at the Virginia Department of Social Services and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. The awards recognize the significant contributions of Virginia citizens to the life and welfare of the Commonwealth and its people.



Selection Criteria

Recipients of the Governor's Community Service and Volunteerism Awards exemplify the following characteristics:

  • Engage in the creation, organization, and/or mobilization of volunteers, groups and resources that are involved in projects benefiting the greater community.
  • Demonstrate sustained commitment to meeting community needs.
  • Utilize unique and creative approaches to meeting needs.
  • Develop and foster the virtues and skills of civic engagement and social responsibility.


2015 Governor's Volunteerism Award Winners













Governor McAuliffe announced the recipients of the 2015 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Awards at a special ceremony at the Governor's Mansion on April 30. Read more about the 2015 Award Ceremony.


  With Special Thanks and Appreciation:  

The Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and The Virginia Service Foundation Board wish to thank Governor and First Lady McAuliffe for hosting this year’s Awards Ceremony at the Executive Mansion.

The Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism and The Virginia Service Foundation Board also give special thanks and recognition to the sponsors of the 2015 Awards Ceremony:

The Virginia Association of REALTORS®
The Virginia Association of REALTORS® is committed to uplifting every community in Virginia. VAR encourages staff involvement in community service as an organization, and also supports the efforts of 30,000 individual members in volunteerism in their home communities. Service projects include statewide collections of household items that assist those in housing transition, and home builds and repairs for vulnerable residents.

Employees are the heart of Genworth’s community involvement. They have made commitments to improve the communities where they live and work, starting in Virginia. Community residents throughout the Commonwealth often see the “Genworth blue shirts” out mentoring youth, delivering meals to homebound seniors or assisting in the construction of affordable housing.

Wawa, Inc.
In 2014 Wawa Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary and launched The Wawa Foundation Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. The foundation will allow Wawa to fulfill lives and support communities in more extensive ways than ever. The goal of Wawa and The Wawa Foundation is to commit $50 million in the next five years to causes in support of Health, Hunger and Everyday Heroes.