Nomination Instructions and Form

Nominations are welcome for individuals or organizations that have provided outstanding volunteerism and service for a variety of activities or by focusing on one issue of primary importance.

PART I.   

A.  Individual Awards  

1.  Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award
  • An individual who demonstrates a lifelong commitment to community involvement and volunteer service.
  • This individual has taken their volunteer service to the highest level and has shown a tremendous passion for helping others.
  • He/she is highly regarded for making a tremendous impact in their community or the state.
2.  Lifetime Humanitarian Award
  • An individual or family that has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to a community or organization.
  • This individual or family is a role-model and exhibits selfless commitment to the community and tireless actions which may include significant monetary contributions, serving on community board(s), and/or leading major community projects.
3. Senior Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Individuals 65 or older who are taking action to make their community a better place.
  • These individual share their many years of experience and are role models for others to serve and volunteer.
4.  Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Individuals over the age of 25 who strive to improve the lives of people in their community or state.
  • These individuals make impact through volunteering in various capacities with nonprofits and organizations, showing a commitment to strengthening communities.
5. Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Individuals age 25 and younger who work hard to make an impact in their community through volunteerism.
  • These individuals create solutions to make lives better and demonstrate the spirit of being change makers. 
6.  Mentor of the Year - Youth Support Award
  • Individuals who mentor youth or support youth development. 
  • These individuals tirelessly offer guidance, support, and encouragement to cultivate the positive and healthy development of an individual or group of youth. 


B. Organization and Business Awards

1.  Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award
  • Service Club, Nonprofit, Faith-based, Veteran, Disaster Preparedness, or other organization that makes a demonstrated difference in their community or the state by inspiring people to volunteer.
2.  Education Service Leader Award
  • Schools, Colleges/Universities, or other organizations that support youth to engage in service and volunteerism
  • These organizations assist youth in making a difference both on campus and in their communities.
3.  Outstanding National Service Program Award
  • AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents and RSVP programs that successfully make an impact in communities and successfully support their service members.
4.  Corporate Community Leader (100+ employees) Award and Small Business Community Leader (<100 employees) Award
  • Corporations/Businesses that are committed to all levels of volunteerism and service in their communities and/or the state.
  • This commitment could include supporting employees to volunteer, developing formal volunteer programs,  or providing monetary contributions and in-kind gifts.


A.  Decide Who to Nominate
  • The goal of the Governor’s Service Awards is to recognize outstanding and extraordinary volunteer service efforts by individuals and organizations. 
  • Nominees are selfless individuals and organizations who volunteer and serve to make an impact in communities in the State of Michigan.
  • Awards are for recognition for service that is not part of a paid position.
  • All completed nomination applications will remain active for three years.

B. Select the Award Category
  • Review the Award categories and select the one that best matches your nominee.
  • Once the appropriate category has been chosen, familiarize yourself with the information that needs to be provided in the application and answer all the narrative questions as completely as possible. 

C.  Complete the Application
  • Applications are due by Feb. 16, 2018.
  • Provide as much relevant information as possible about your Nominee. Your application tells the story of why your nominee deserves to be honored as one of the outstanding volunteers in Michigan.
  • You are strongly encouraged to first prepare your responses to questions in a sample document and then simply cut and paste text into the online application.  
  • Download a SAMPLE form/document with the nomination questions here: SAMPLE 2018 GSA Nomination Form  
  • A hard copy of the nomination form is available upon request.

D.  Submit Supporting Documents
  • We strongly encourage you to submit supporting documents. These materials help strengthen your nomination and often offer the extra element your nomination narrative needs.
  • Examples include: letters of support from the community and those who were served, news articles, and any other items that demonstrate the Nominee’s commitment to service.
  • There will be an opportunity to upload your supporting documents at the end of the online application. 
  • Please keep in mind supporting materials will not be returned to you.

  • All nominations go through an extensive review process that involves a volunteer Peer Review Panel.
  • The Michigan Community Service Commission Board of Commissioners and the Office of the Governor make the final selections.
  • There may be multiple award winners in each category.
  • Awardees and their nominators will be notified by April 2018 if they have been selected as a Governor’s Service Award Recipient.
  • Awards will be presented during a celebration that will take place June 5 in Lansing.
  • The honoree or an agreed upon representative must be present to receive the award. 
Please visit for detailed guidelines.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the Michigan Community Service Commission
at 517-335-4295 or email