Please use this form to nominate individuals for the 2020 DOVIA Awards. Deadline: February 14, 2020

Award Categories

Youth Volunteer of the Year: This award goes to a youth volunteer under age 21 who has contributed a minimum 25 hours of service within the past year.  This youth must be a student.  The winner receives the $500 Margaret Einspahr Memorial Scholarship.

Individual Volunteer of the Year:  This award goes to a volunteer over the age of 21 who has contributed a minimum of 25 hours of service within the last year.  The winner receives a $100 honorarium gift to their organization.

Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement: (Paid/Unpaid Position) Coordinator or Director for charitable, private nonprofit or public organization demonstrating effective volunteer management. The winner receives a $100 honorarium gift to their organization in addition to a one year free DOVIA individual membership.
About the awards
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) is proud to present three recognition awards: the Youth Volunteer of the Year, Individual Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Engagement Award. Nominations for these awards are open to eligible individuals that have completed volunteer service or coordinated volunteer efforts in Sacramento over the past year. A panel of community leaders, independent of DOVIA board of directors and members, reviews each nomination and chooses a winner in each category. Nominees will be contacted by DOVIA shortly after the nomination due date of February 14, 2020.

DOVIA will introduce and honor all nominees and award the winners on March 12th from 6pm-7pm at Shriner's Hospitals for Children, located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. We encourage all nominees and nominators to join us on this special day.
All nominee volunteer organizations must provide service for the community at large. Groups providing members-only services are not eligible. Service organizations must endorse nominations. Volunteer service may have been performed on work release time, without pay or for student course credit. Out of pocket expense reimbursement is permissible. Volunteer service must have been performed in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer or El Dorado Counties. Current DOVIA board members are not eligible for Volunteer Coordinator of the Year award. Nominated service work must have been performed between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

Past winners of the three awards are not eligible to win.

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* 1. Nomination Category

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* 2. Nominee Information

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* 3. Nominator Information

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* 4. ACTIVITY AND IMPACT: Please describe the activities performed by the nominee, and tell us how the nominee's services improve or make a difference to the organization and community.

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* 5. INGENUITY: Did the nominee start a new program, solve problems, think outside the box or create activities?

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* 6. CHARACTER: Describe how your nominee's spirit of volunteerism enhances your organization. Why has your organization nominated this individual?

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* 7. GRIT:  What challenges has this individual overcome?

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* 8. Short Summary: Please write 2-3 sentences that describe your nominee and their accomplishments. Please be clear. Information in this box will be read during the Awards Ceremony.

You're almost done! Please complete the following to finalize your nomination:

REQUIRED: Please submit 1 picture of your nominee by the deadline of February 14, 2020.  Include the nominee's name and nominating organization.  Provide by email to:

Thank you for completing the 2020 DOVIA Awards Nomination Form. Nominees and nominators will be contacted shortly after the deadline.

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