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Governor's Volunteer and Service Awards

19th Annual Awards

Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service

Judging for the 19th annual awards is now complete. Program Coordinator Shannon Ramsey and the rest of the KCCVS staff express their sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate an outstanding individual, volunteer group, nonprofit or business!

All winning nominators have been contacted. Other nominators have been notified by email, if possible, and will receive an official letter and a recognition document for their nominee(s) in the mail by April 30.

Awards Ceremony

Winners at the 6/25/13 ceremonyThe awards ceremony for winners will be held at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort in July 2014.

Check out the short video of last year's ceremony on YouTube.

Questions about the awards program should be directed to Shannon Ramsey, (502) 564-7420, ext. 3841.


Nomination Form

Judging Worksheet

Past Award Recipients

Awards Ceremony and Reception Video, June 25, 2013

What's so great about the Governor's Awards? article from the KCCVS Newsletter, January 2013

More of us are 'Just helping out' article from Cincinnati.com, January 2013

CHFS Press Release 2-4-14 (PDF version)

KyForward.com 2-10-14

Award Categories and Criteria

Special consideration is given to nominations covering one or more of the following six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Learn more about the focus areas.

Senior Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes an individual (ages 65 and older) who has met a community need in an innovative and effective manner. The nominee may have made an impact through changed lives and/or community conditions as a result of service efforts.

Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes an individual (ages 19-64) who has met a community need in an innovative and effective manner. The nominee may have made an impact through changed lives and/or community conditions as a result of service efforts.

Youth Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a youth (ages 18 or younger) who has demonstrated significant contributions to volunteer efforts/programs. The nominee may serve as a role model and inspiration to other volunteers.

*NEW* Veteran Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a veteran who has met a community need beyond his/her military service duties.

Group Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes a group of individuals or organizations that come together on their own to make a difference in their community. This may be a one-time service project or ongoing effort.

Faith-Based Group Award: Recognizes a group that volunteers through a faith-based community organization, serving populations outside of the organization. The nomination should demonstrate significant volunteer outreach.

Challenge Award: Recognizes an individual who has overcome significant personal obstacles in order to engage in volunteer service. These obstacles may include anything from physical and/or mental challenges to significant time constraints.

Volunteer Coordinator Award: Recognizes a paid or volunteer manager who exemplifies solid volunteer management skills, such as in volunteer training, risk management, screening, recognition, evaluation and retention of volunteers.

National Service Award: Recognizes an individual member and/or group of members of a national service program (AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC or Senior Service Corps) who have demonstrated service beyond standard expectations of the designated program. This individual and/or group provides an extraordinary example of the AmeriCorps spirit.

Corporate Award: Recognizes a business that has made an impact through innovation, volunteer hours, number of volunteers, monetary support, etc. It may recognize the historical record of supporting volunteerism through policies and practices. The nomination should demonstrate ongoing community or statewide impact.

Nonprofit Organization Award: Recognizes a nonprofit organization that manages an exceptional volunteer program that has made a significant impact on the community.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community service at a variety of levels. Nominees must have made a substantial and sustained impact in the community as a result of their service efforts.

Kentucky Ambassador Award: Recognizes a Kentuckian whose primary volunteer service is outside of Kentucky and/or the United States, promoting Kentucky as a “Commonwealth of Caring.”

First Lady’s Award: Recognizes a Kentuckian who has assisted at-risk students in their efforts to reach educational goals, leading to graduation. This may have been done through mentoring, time spent tutoring or advising or by working directly with a school.

General Information

The Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service program offers a rare glimpse into the lives and achievements of Kentuckians who serve without expectation of compensation, recognition or commendation.

The Governor's Office launched the program in 1975. Since 1995, the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) has managed the awards program. It’s been our distinct privilege over the years to recognize a few of the thousands whose volunteer service contributes immeasurably to a better Kentucky.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2012: Dr. Paula Maionchi

2011: George B. Merrifield Jr. and Jeanette Elder

2010: Bill Burch

2009: Charles Stiles

2008: Dr. Merrill A. Winchester

2007: Robley H. Rex and Garnett Fairchild

18th Annual Awards

Lt. Gov. Jerry AbramsonFourteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored for their volunteer and service contributions at a ceremony in Frankfort on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and CHFS Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes, presented the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards honored for service completed in 2012.



  • Dr. Paula Maionchi, Lifetime Achievement Award, Richmond/Madison County, nominated by Jeri Allison.
  • Benjamin Brown Otten, Challenge Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Ron Roark.
  • PNC Bank, Corporate Award, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, nominated by Laurie Wolsing.
  • HOTEL INC Homeless Outreach Program, Faith-Based Group Award, Bowling Green/Warren County, nominated by Sharli Rogers.
  • Alicia McClurg and Kim Standafer, Group Volunteer Service Award, West Liberty/Morgan County, nominated by Heather Bryant.
  • Carolyn R. Belmar, National Service Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Marian V. Gosling.
  • The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program, Nonprofit Organization Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Rhonda L. Smith.
  • James Terrell, Senior Volunteer Service Award, Cadiz/Trigg County, nominated by Brenda Southwick.
  • Marian V. Gosling, Volunteer Coordinator Award, Louisville/Jefferson County, nominated by Cindy Venable.
  • Laura Jo “Jodie” Baker, Volunteer Service Award, Lexington/Fayette County, nominated by Elizabeth Myers.
  • Morgan Guess, Youth Volunteer Service Award, Paducah/McCracken County,
    nominated by Susan Guess.
  • Mary Ruth Hawkins, First Lady's Award, Shepherdsville/Bullitt County, nominated by Heather McDonald.
  • MSUCorps, AmeriCorps Program award*
  • Southern Bluegrass Service Region, DCBS Region award*

*Special traveling award for Make A Difference Day.

Photos, News and Media

Awards Ceremony and Reception Video, 6-25-13

Ceremony Photos, KCCVS Facebook page 6-25-13

Ceremony Program, online version 6-25-13

Gena Bigler: Kentucky is lucky to have many good people standing up and saying ‘why not’, KyForward.com 6-26-13

Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service given to 14 in Frankfort ceremony, KyForward.com 6-26-13

HOTEL INC Wins Kentucky Governor’s Volunteerism Award For Service To Homeless, PRWeb.com 6-25-13 

Lt. Gov. Abramson Honors Exemplary Volunteers; Service from 2012 Recognized, CHFS Newsroom 6-25-13

Survey Results - Gov. Awards 2013


Archives will be organized for easier use. Please check back another time. For information about past awards recipients, contact Shannon Ramsey.


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