Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Now Accepting Nominations for the 18th Annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

May 16, 2019

The mission of the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards (GVSA) is to promote an ethic of service and volunteerism. GVSA is given at the Annual Arizona Summit on Civic Engagement and Volunteerism. It honors exemplary individual and organizational volunteer efforts that have strengthened communities and improved quality of life for Arizonans. 

A statewide panel of judges will recommend the award recipients and an announcement will be made in October 2019. The Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism will host a reception to honor the 18th Annual Award recipients in November 2019. 

Overall Eligibility Criteria for Award: This award recognizes individuals and groups who have dedicated their hearts, hands, and minds to help strengthen communities and solve persistent problems within the state of Arizona. Hours served for academic credit should not be included. Please select a category that best applies to the nominee: 

Lifetime Community Service - Individuals who have exemplified the ideals of service for 25 years or more. 

Inspired Adult Leadership - Individuals 18 years of age or older at time of nomination. 

Inspired Youth Leadership - Individuals 17 years or younger at time of nomination; or youth/school groups. 

Service to Community - Business, Faith-Based, Nonprofit, Public Entities. Category also includes other groups that serve in the public interest, including service clubs, fraternal organizations, community groups or college/university-based organizations. 

Service Enterprise Champion - A Points of Light Institute certified Service Enterprise that actively promotes the Arizona Service Enterprise Initiative.

National Service - A member of a national service program, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, that served during 2019. 

Special Note: The Commission reserves the right to grant no award or more than one award in a category based on the number and quality of nominations received. 

Nominations will be accepted through July 1, 2019. 

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17th Annual Distinguished Guests and Awardees


(from left to right)

Donna Davis, Chair, Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism
Maria Cristina Fuentes, Director, Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family
Ken Briggs, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Awarded Service Enterprise Champion
Bruce Binkley, Awarded Service to Others
Jack and Joan Butler, Awarded Lifetime Community Service
Garvey Blackwell, Awarded Inspired Youth Leadership
Rachel Cheeseman, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Awarded Service Enterprise Champion
Tracy Bame, Freeport-McMoran High-Grade Helpers, Stewardship Awardee