Nominations are now open for the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards!

2014 Governor's Volunteer Award Winners From left to right: Michelle Hagerty (Texas Master Naturalist Program), Oscar Cole, Virgil Teter, Jr., Elise Clements, Katherine Martin, Susan Copeland (Heart of Texas RSVP)
2014 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winners
From left to right: Michelle Hagerty (Texas Master Naturalist Program), Oscar Cole, Virgil Teter, Jr., Elise Clements, Katherine Martin, Susan Copeland (Heart of Texas RSVP)

Do you know an exceptional volunteer, group, or organization that exemplifies community service? Now is the time to honor them for their exemplary volunteer service to the Lone Star State.

TANO is proud to show our support for the volunteers and the invaluable work they do with nonprofits, and for our Texans. For this reason, we are excited to share that our nonprofit sector partner, the OneStar Foundation, has opened nominations for the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards!

For over 30 years OneStar Foundation has joined the Governor in honoring some of Texas’ most dedicated community volunteers at the Governor’s Volunteer Awards. These awards honor Texans who give their time and talents to their communities through exemplary volunteerism and community service.

If you know of an outstanding individual, group or organization that truly embodies the Texas tradition of community service, we encourage you to nominate them for an award.

Awardees will be honored on Monday, September 21, 2015, at an evening reception hosted by Honorary Chair of the Governor’s Volunteer Awards, First Lady Cecilia Abbott. The ceremony will be held at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, Texas.


The 2015 Award Categories

Governor’s Lonestar Achievement
This award recognizes the exemplary service of an individual who has volunteered for a minimum of 15 years. Lonestar Achievers are those rare individuals who recognize a community need and create new systems, programs and/or processes to achieve positive change.  Nominees inspire others to serve their cause through volunteering and philanthropy, often engaging cross sector partners for greater impact.

First Lady’s Rising Star
This award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of an individual 18 years or younger serving and inspiring his/her community. Nominees should demonstrate leadership, commitment to service and the ability to inspire others to serve. Rising Stars see a world of possibilities and mobilize others to achieve measurable impact on critical issues within their communities.  Nominees understand the importance of collaboration and cross-generational partnerships.

Partners in Education
This award recognizes an individual or group that demonstrates measurable impact on a recognized need within a public, charter or parochial school(s).  The Partner has implemented innovative and/or evidence-based solutions to further educational goals for students.  Nominees are committed to long-term results and employ an evaluation component for continual learning and improvement of the program or intervention.

Service to Veterans
Nominees may include individuals or organizations that have designed program(s) or services to meet the needs of military-connected families or individuals.  The exemplary service will show respect for the unique challenges of military-connected families and individuals.  The Awardee will demonstrate cross-sector engagement including significant input from those served.

Higher Education Community Impact
This award recognizes a college or university that supports and encourages civic engagement and volunteering as a core value.  Nominees should demonstrate how students are engaged in intentional cross sector collaboration to address one or more identified needs within the community.  The institution is considered a valuable partner in addressing community needs.

Corporate Community Impact
This award recognizes a private sector entity, including small businesses, for implementing employee volunteer programs that have demonstrable community impact.  Nominees have community service as a core value and business strategy.  Nominees go beyond episodic volunteering and are committed to long term community engagement.  Corporations or other for-profit, private sector entities/businesses are eligible for the Corporate Community Impact Award.

Community Leadership
This award recognizes an individual, group or organization for strengthening their community through intentional partnerships. Nominees understand the importance of service and develop connections between groups and individuals to help them craft collaborative solutions to local needs. They exhibit a dedication to their communities that inspires those around them to serve. Any individual, group of individuals, faith-based or community organization including civic groups and government agencies can be nominated for this award.

Senior Corps Community Impact
This award recognizes a Foster Grandparent, RSVP, or Senior Companion (programs funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service).  The Senior Corps volunteer has demonstrated community impact by recruiting and/or managing significant numbers of volunteers for on-going or incident specific service such as emergency response; or has exhibited extraordinary commitment to children and young people with exceptional needs; or has contributed significantly to assisting adults in maintaining their independence.

AmeriCorps “Make a Difference”
This award recognizes the exemplary achievement of an AmeriCorps member currently serving the State of Texas in any of the following categories: AmeriCorps VISTA; AmeriCorps*Texas; AmeriCorps National; or National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC.) The AmeriCorps member has achieved extraordinary impact in his or her community by helping to ensure the sustainability of a program or a nonprofit organization by building service capacity, or by improving lives through direct service.­


To see full descriptions and criteria for each award, please visit the 2015 Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards Page.

To access the 32nd Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards nomination form click HERE.

*Note: The deadline to submit nominations is 11:59 p.m. CDT Tuesday, July 28, 2015*

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