Buncombe County nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Volunteers are an integral part of our community, offering their time and energy to important causes often without reward or recognition.

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups, and businesses that make significant contributions to their community through volunteer service. The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award honors thousands who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond? Governor’s Volunteer Service Award nominations can be submitted for volunteers who have provided service in a variety of different areas, including:

  • Veteran/Military: providing volunteer services to military families and/or veterans
  • Serving Youth: demonstrating an outstanding commitment to mentoring or educating youth
  • Disaster: providing volunteer service in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, or mitigation
  • Animals: demonstrating an outstanding commitment to volunteering with or for animals
  • Environmental: providing an exceptional commitment to environmental stewardship
  • Historically Marginalized Populations: providing a noteworthy dedication to assisting members of marginalized populations
  • North Carolina Preservation: demonstrating a remarkable devotion to restoring or preserving the state’s history, culture, or the arts
  • Health and Human Services: showing a remarkable dedication to individuals or groups in need
  • Lifetime Achievement: exhibiting a lifelong commitment of 20-plus years to volunteerism and community service

Nominees can be nominated for more than one category, and nominators are encouraged to check all categories that apply to their nominees. However, only one individual and/or one company/group/team/family should be nominated. Self-nominations are not permitted, and previous award winners from the past 10 years are not eligible.

Award selections are based on the nominee’s volunteer efforts, as well as their accomplishments, commitment of time and their overall impact on the community as described on the nomination form.

Nominate an outstanding volunteer until Jan. 24, 2023. Please see the online submission form below. Spanish form is coming soon.

Each county will select up to ten individuals, businesses, groups/teams, and one paid Director of Volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Buncombe County is seeking nominations from the public through Jan. 24, 2023. Any person, group, or entity from the public, nonprofit, and private sector may be nominated for an award, and one of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer service, awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state.

If you would like to nominate a deserving volunteer, group, or organization there are two ways. Here is a link to the online submission.

Congratulations to the 2022 Governor’s Service Award recipients for Buncombe County:

  • Lynn Lederer
  • Dr. Greg Lentz
  • Hannah Soboleski
  • James Stillwell
  • Edith Walker
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