Community service

Nominations Wanted for the 27th Governor’s Service Awards Honoring Volunteerism and Community Service

If you know an extraordinary Kentuckian or group who works diligently to improve the lives of others, now is the time to nominate them for one of the 2022 Governor’s Service Awards.

This is the 27th year of the annual service awards, which recognize the contributions of Kentuckians to their fellow citizens. Each year, a special ceremony is held to publicly honor recipients and others who have given to their communities through volunteerism and service, without expectation of reward or congratulations.

“Through some of the toughest times in our history, which involved the recent floods and landslides in Eastern Kentucky; last December’s storms and tornadoes in western Kentucky; a century-long pandemic and other natural disasters, Kentuckians have continued to be there for each other,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “I urge Kentuckians to nominate someone they know who deserves our gratitude and appreciation for all of their hard work and service to others.”

To honor individuals and groups and to recognize the impact of volunteerism and service, Serve Kentucky, an agency of the previous five years, is not eligible for this year’s awards. Committees of independent reviewers score applications using an assigned assessment worksheet. The awards committee will review the top-scoring nominations in each category and collectively decide on the winners.

“The historic challenges of the past two years have not dampened Kentuckians’ commitment to stepping up and supporting their communities,” Cabinet Secretary Eric Friedlander said. “At the Governor’s Service Awards, we recognize individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond, selflessly devoting their time and resources to making our communities more resilient.”

Serve Kentucky executive director Joe Bringardner said the state service commission advocates for and helps support effective management of volunteer programs, administers Kentucky’s AmeriCorps national service programs, and recognizes volunteer service throughout the state through its annual Governor’s Service Awards. By working together – through communication, cooperation and collaboration – volunteers can improve their own lives as well as those of others in their communities.

“Service is about taking the initiative to make a change for others,” Bringardner said. “These awards thank those for their worthy efforts and encourage those who are willing to follow their example to do more for our families, friends and neighbors. The people of Kentucky agree that our service is not just what we do, it’s who we are.

Research conducted by Serve Kentucky in 2021 shows that 71% of Kentuckians volunteer in one or more settings.

The nomination form for the 2022 Kentucky Governor’s Service Awards is available online.

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