The proper recognition of volunteers is an important component in any volunteer program, large or small. With ongoing issues relating to volunteer retention nationwide and in all types of organizations, the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism encourages some form of appropriate volunteer recognition. To that end, the Utah Commission is now awarding volunteer recognition certificates to Utahn’s for outstanding contributions to local communities. The Lt. Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate is aimed at recognizing just a few of the many volunteers helping to make Utah a better state, while promoting and inspiring further ongoing volunteer efforts.
The following criteria must be met for the volunteer to receive a Volunteer Service Certificate. All submissions must be accompanied by a narrative statement that describes the nominee’s community service activities and demonstrates how those activities address the community’s serious social problems. Narratives should no longer than 250 words.
Achievement – The nomination must reflect the actual accomplishments achieved through voluntary service.
Community Needs – The voluntary community service must address unmet human, educational, environmental or public safety needs.
Ongoing Involvement – The voluntary community service must be ongoing rather than a one-time activity, with the exception of outstanding service for short-term crisis situations.
- Must be a Utah resident; no age limit
- Must be an unpaid volunteer, not a National Service Participant
The certificate will recognize Utah residents who demonstrate exemplary volunteer service to their community. The certificate will be signed by the Lt. Governor and will be distributed by the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism on a bimonthly basis. In addition to certificate recognition, one volunteer will be chosen bimonthly to be featured on the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism website. Requests for Volunteer Service Certificates may be submitted by anyone, and there is no deadline for submission.
Certificates will be mailed out on the following dates:
January to February: March 1
March to April: May 1
May to June: July 1
July to August: September 1
September to October: November 1
November to December: January 1
To submit an application please click on the link above. For questions, contact the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism Volunteer Recognition Coordinator, Katie Barlow, at (888) 755-8824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.