Community service

Governor Youngkin honors recipients of 2022 Volunteer and Community Service Awards

Governor Glenn Youngkin with recipients of the Volunteerism and Community Service Awards outside the Governor’s Executive Mansion on October 25, 2022. Official Photo by Christian Martinez, Office of the Governor

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the recipients of the 2022 Governor’s Volunteer and Community Service Awards. The annual awards program highlights the outstanding efforts of volunteers and organizations that have helped our communities, Virginians and the Commonwealth.

“It is a pleasure for me to recognize these recipients for the positive impact they have had on our Commonwealth and in the lives of their fellow Virginians. Each recipient has demonstrated resilience, generosity and commitment, exemplifying the remarkable spirit of Virginia,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said.

“Healthier communities rely on the power of community service to create and support places where everyone can thrive. The volunteers recognized this year, along with all who are called upon to serve their communities in this capacity, are an essential part of meeting the state’s diverse needs that are the foundation of a stronger Virginia,” said the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Commissioner Danny Avula.

“It is a great privilege to recognize these nine individuals and groups for their efforts this year. They represent the incredible commitment of more than 2 million volunteers who give their time and talents each year to help their communities,” said Cliff Yee, chair of the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Council on Service and Volunteerism.

The awards ceremony was held at the Executive Mansion on October 25, 2022. Leaders from across Virginia gathered to recognize the contributions of these volunteers and celebrate the impact of their service. Efforts recognized this year include: improving access to STEM programs, improving public parks and recreational resources, supporting youth and families impacted by the foster care system and much more. For more information about volunteering and community service in Virginia, please visit VirginiaService.Virginia.Gov/NewsFeed.

The Governor’s Volunteer and Community Service Awards are presented by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Service and the Virginia Service Foundation on behalf of the Office of the Governor. These awards recognize outstanding volunteer service in Virginia for nearly 30 years. Additional program information is available online here.

The Virginia Service Commission (VSC) supports this awards program and leads national service and community volunteerism for the entire state through a supportive infrastructure for service and volunteerism. VSC operates in partnership with the Virginia Service Foundation and is guided by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Service and Volunteerism.