Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice now ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tions for 2020 Ser­vice Awards

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To­day, the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice on Ser­vice and Vol­un­teerism, Mary­land’s State Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, an­nounced that nom­i­na­tions for the 2020 Gov­er­nor’s Ser­vice Awards are now open. Through­out this chal­leng­ing year, Mary­lan­ders have united to demon­strate ex­tra­or­di­nary re­silience, ex­pand com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships, and con­trib­ute to a col­lab­o­ra­tive ecosys­tem of ser­vice. In 2019, 19 in­di­vid­u­als and groups were rec­og­nized by Gov­er­nor Ho­gan and the State of Mary­land at the awards cer­e­mony in Oc­to­ber.

“The COVID-19 pan­demic has tested all of us in ev­ery way imag­in­able, but it has also re­vealed the true char­ac­ter of Mary­lan­ders by show­ing our abil­ity to over­come any chal­lenge, and our ca­pac­ity to show re­mark­able courage in the face of great threat and over­whelm­ing ob­sta­cles,” Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan said, “Most of all, we’re show­ing Amer­ica and the world, the power of com­pas­sion, gen­eros­ity, and strength.”

Nom­i­na­tions will be re­ceived in 16 cat­e­gories. New cat­e­gories in­clude: Pan­demic Re­sponse Cham­pion and Emerg­ing Leader. Tra­di­tional cat­e­gories in­clude: Gov­er­nor’s Cham­pion of Ser­vice Award, Amer­iCorps Alum, Cor­po­rate Busi­ness, Faith-Based, First Re­spon­der, Group/ Team, In­di­vid­ual, Life­time Achieve­ment, Na­tional Ser­vice, Non­profit Vol­un­teer Program, Vet­eran, Small Busi­ness, Youth, and Govern­ment Em­ployee/Agency. Youth Ser­vice Awards will re­turn in 2021.

“In honor of #Mary­landStrong in­di­vid­u­als, the 37th An­nual Awards will rec­og­nize in­no­va­tive, re­spon­sive, and em­pow­er­ing Mary­lan­ders across our state, who ex­em­plify and model lead­ing an ef­fec­tive re­sponse to coro­n­avirus and so­cial in­jus­tice” said Ni­cole Fiocco, Di­rec­tor of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice on Ser­vice and Vol­un­teerism.

The nom­i­na­tions will be re­viewed by a panel of com­mu­nity lead­ers, vol­un­teers, and staff of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice on Ser­vice and Vol­un­teerism. Nom­i­na­tions will be scored and ranked, based on the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria listed in the nom­i­na­tion form. Each re­cip­i­ent will be no­ti­fied of their se­lec­tion near the end of sum­mer and in­vited to an awards cer­e­mony in the late fall. Learn more at http://gosv.mary­land. gov/gov­er­nors-ser­viceawards.

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