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Washington State Volunteer Service Awards

What are the Washington State Volunteer Service Awards?

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2024 recipients!  

View a list of award winners and honorable mentions.

The Washington State Volunteer Service Awards seek to honor the many acts of kindness individuals, families and service groups perform in communities across the state of Washington.

The awards replace the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. After consultation with our commissioners, staff, programs, community stakeholders and other partners, Serve Washington restructured the awards to make volunteer recognition opportunities more equitable by removing barriers, such as time and costs associated with travel, as well as to be more reflective of local communities' needs.

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Nominations are open to anyone who has performed any type of volunteerism—formal or non-formal—in the past year.

We seek nominations that demonstrate all types of volunteerism: neighbors helping neighbors, giving time to hospitals, disaster preparedness efforts, supporting food banks, delivering meals, participation in national service and those who informally give their time, care or assistance to meet challenges.

We’re looking for nominees of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Through the Washington State Volunteer Service Awards, we want to recognize individuals and groups who reflect the diversity of our state for their efforts toward effectively addressing issues that face their communities.


To nominate someone, please fill out the online nomination form. Released October 2, 2023 - Due December 22, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

Before you fill out the form, we encourage you to review the nomination guidelines

If you have questions or need the form and guidelines in an alternate format, call (360) 902-0656 or email us.


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A panel of Serve Washington commissioners and community members will select the award recipients.


Awards will be presented to one individual and one group of volunteers or volunteer program in each of the following regions (18 awards total):

  • Peninsula/Coastal: Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Kitsap counties
  • South Puget Sound: Mason, Thurston, Pierce and Lewis counties
  • Southwest: Cowlitz, Skamania, Clark and Wahkiakum counties
  • South Central: Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Walla Walla and Yakima counties
  • Southeast: Adams, Whitman, Garfield, Columbia and Asotin counties
  • Northeast: Ferry, Stevens, Pend Orielle, Lincoln, and Spokane counties
  • North Central: Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties
  • North Puget Sound: King and Snohomish counties
  • Northwest: Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, and Island counties


Serve Washington will notify all nominators of the final selection.  


Serve Washington will list all other nominations submitted under Honorable Mentions on the Recipients and Honorable Mentions page.


Serve Washington will work with the nominator of selected award recipients to verify volunteer service details and offer support to honor award recipients through local or regional recognition efforts.

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