Governor to recognize volunteer work

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond?

If so, Michigan’s governor wants to hear from you.

The Michigan Community Service Commission will take nominations through Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that invest significant time in helping others.

Awards will be presented in these categories:

— Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism, to honor an individual who has shown a lifelong commitment to community involvement and volunteerism.

— Lifetime Humanitarian Award, for an individual or family that has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to a community or organization.

— Senior Volunteer of the Year, honoring individuals 65 and older who have taken action through service in their community.

— Volunteer of the Year, to honor individuals who strives to improve the lives of neighbors, friends, community or congregation through volunteering with nonprofits and organizations.

— Youth Volunteer of the Year, to honor individuals age 25 or younger who have already made a significant difference in their community through service.

— Mentor of the Year-Youth Support Award, for individuals who have made a significant difference in children’s lives through mentoring or supporting youth development.

— Outstanding Volunteer Organization Award, to honor organizations or clubs that make a demonstrated difference in their community or the state by inspiring people to volunteer.

— Education Service Leader Award, for schools, colleges, universities or other organizations that support youth to engage in service and volunteerism.

— Outstanding National Service Program Award, to honor programs such as AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents and RSVP that affect communities.

— Corporate Community Leader Award and the Small Business Community Leader Award, to honor corporations and businesses with 100 or more employees and fewer than 100 employees, respectively, that excel in community involvement and demonstrate corporate citizenship by giving back to their community in a variety of ways.

Nomination can be done online. To apply, view category descriptions and review nomination instructions, go to,4608,7-137-8168—,00.html.

For additional information or questions, contact the MCSC at or 517-335-4295.