President George H. W. Bush’s inaugural address invoked a vision of a “thousand points of light,” and invited the nation to take action through service to their fellow citizens. ”Points of light” demonstrate how “a neighbor can help a neighbor” and the power of service.
Nevada’s Governor’s Points of Light Awards ceremony was inaugurated in October of 2001. Since that time, these awards have celebrated the extraordinary volunteer efforts of Nevadans across the state, highlighting regional impacts along with the private and public partnership across the nonprofit and corporate sector.
The Governor’s Points of Light Award categories are:
- Northern Nevada Individual
- Southern Nevada Individual
- Rural Nevada Individual
- Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program
- Corporate and Business Volunteer Program
- Volunteer Program Serving Veterans
- Volunteer Manager
Unlike other volunteer recognition programs administered by Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Points of Light finalists are selected by a panel of judges. Finalists show achievement through voluntary service in the following areas:
1) Show achievement that is exemplary, far exceeding expectations, and is measurable.
2) Address a need not previously met in the community,
3) Show innovation in applying a new solution to an existing social program.
4) Have mobilized, empowering the community to support the program or event as shown by a quality volunteer or volunteer program as reflected in the Ten Organizational Standards for Volunteer Programs and includes ongoing opportunities for community mobilization.
5) Show endurance or sustainability in that a long-term solution to significant social issues through hands-on volunteer service was developed. The service must be direct and ongoing, rather than a one-time activity, with the exception of short-term crisis situations.
The Governor’s Points of Light Awards is possible because of the many corporations and nonprofits who believe in the power of volunteerism and partner to support this recognition effort. Thank you to all of our sponsors who joined us in shining a light on Nevada’s brightest volunteers. View the sponsors for the 2016 Points of Light Award and a letter from the Governor supporting the Governor’s Points of Light.
Learn about sponsoring the 2017 Governor’s Points of Light by contacting Amber Martin-Jahn, Executive Director of Nevada Volunteers at 775-825-1900.