OLYMPIA – Serve Washington today announced recipients of the 2020 Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. Ranging in age from 11 to 99, the recipients are being recognized for their outstanding commitment and achievements in volunteerism over the past year.
“Washingtonians across the state are making sacrifices for one another every day,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “For that, I am deeply grateful and our state is stronger. Our Volunteer Service Award honorees are outstanding representatives of this kind of determination. It is an honor to recognize the tremendous contributions they have made to the communities they serve. I encourage all Washingtonians to thank a volunteer and to find a way to make a difference.”
An awards ceremony had been planned for this month at the Executive Mansion in Olympia, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the ceremony had to be cancelled. Serve Washington hopes to reschedule the ceremony for later in the year. Instead, this year’s recipients will be highlighted throughout the week on Serve Washington’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to help showcase the countless acts of volunteer service performed by Washington citizens across the state every day.
“It is an honor to recognize the extraordinary volunteer efforts of these individuals, families and organizations,” said Amber Martin-Jahn, executive director of Serve Washington. “Their stories are a powerful reminder of the difference we can make through volunteering.”
If you would like to volunteer in a safe manner during the COVID-19 pandemic or to learn more about volunteer opportunities in general, find your local volunteer center by visiting ServeWashington/volunteer-opportunities or 360-902-0656.
Serve Washington advances national service, volunteerism and civic engagement to improve lives; expands opportunity to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington; and strengthens community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities. For more information, visit servewashington.wa.gov.