Community Involvement Awards
The Community Involvement Awards were developed in 1975 to recognize volunteers in Washington County for their outstanding volunteer service. This year marks the 46th year of recognizing volunteers for their commitment and is a testament to our community’s collective commitment to volunteerism. Thanks to the continued service of individuals, families, groups, and employers, our community remains strong, rich, and vibrant.
The Community Involvement Awards provide an opportunity to recognize how volunteers contribute to the strength of the community. Each year, volunteers in Washington County contribute millions of dollars of service to our communities. We salute all volunteers for their invaluable contributions of time and talent to benefit our community!
Please note: All nominees must reside in Washington County or engage in volunteer work in a community of Washington County.
The categories and eligibility requirements are detailed below.
This award recognizes a single volunteer for his or her commitment to volunteerism. Eligible volunteers:
• Demonstrate dedication, enthusiasm and exceptional volunteer service with at least two organizations during a time span of 10 or more years.
• Have a depth of volunteerism that has made a positive impact in the community.
• Are 30 years of age or older.
Outstanding Volunteer Award
This award recognizes a single volunteer for commendable service that meets the needs of the community. Eligible volunteers:
• Demonstrate strong volunteer service in at least one organization during a span of 1 or more years.
• Show dedication and innovation through volunteerism.
• Are 19 years of age or older.
Youth Volunteer Award
This award recognizes young people for volunteer service that strengthens the community. Eligible volunteers:
• Demonstrate strong volunteer service in at least one organization, event or special project which serves the needs of the community.
• Demonstrate initiative, commitment and enthusiasm to volunteerism.
• Are 18 years of age or younger.
Group/Family Volunteer Award
This award recognizes a group or family of volunteers for outstanding volunteer service that benefits the community. Eligible volunteer groups:
• Demonstrate initiative, commitment and enthusiasm as a team.
• Engage in volunteer service as a group or family on a consistent basis.
Exemplary Employer Award
This award recognizes an employer for encouraging its employees to make an impact through volunteer service in the community. Eligible employers:
• Demonstrate organizational commitment and enthusiasm to volunteerism.
• Engage in volunteer service on a consistent basis, no less than once a year.
• Have a location or do business in Washington County.
This award honors the life of a Washington County volunteer who has passed away and left an identifiable legacy in the community. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
• Be deceased within the prior 3 years of the award.
• Provided service that made a significant contribution to the quality of life in the community.
Please complete our Community Involvement Nomination form no later than March 5, 2021.
Selection and Award
The Community Involvement Awards selection committee is comprised of award recipients from previous years, Community Thread Board of Directors and staff, and representatives from Washington County. Only one nomination from each category will be selected to receive the award. Community Thread reserves the right to honor more than one nomination in the case of a tie.
Awardees will be notified and interviewed for communication materials. Awardees and those who nominated them will be contacted to set up a time to do a formal award presentation. Nominees will also be recognized and publicized during National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, 2021.