Recognition

A vital component to maintaining morale, recognition is one of the best ways to show your volunteers you care for what they are doing, how they feel, and their overall satisfaction. In this spirit Nevada Volunteers, in partnership with the Governor’s office, leads two statewide efforts to help you provide that recognition at a higher level.

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Commissioners Scott Emerson (left) and Brian Brown (right) present volunteer Kathy Utiger (middle) with a Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate
Governor Steve Sisolak addresses volunteer and national service member finalists during the 2021 Governor’s Points of Light Awards ceremony.

In an effort to provide recognition for exceptional volunteers that provide important services throughout the state, the Office of the Governor, working through Nevada Volunteers, will issue a Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate, signed by the Governor.

Participation in this program will help bring attention to the powerful ways in which volunteers build our communities and make Nevada a better state for all of us. While the Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate is designed to recognize exceptional volunteers, it is Nevada Volunteers’ hope to inspire new volunteers and encourage existing volunteers to greater engagement. We hope you will utilize this mechanism to reward and recognize your outstanding volunteers.

An event that celebrates the inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals, students culled from higher education, non-profit organizations, and corporate partners who invest in our State. Collectively, through this event, we recognize those who generously donate their time and talents to invest in Nevada’s youth, seniors, military families, and who influence a vibrant future for all Nevadans. There are 9 possible categories to nominate within, listed below:

  • Individual Volunteer
  • Individual Youth Volunteer
  • National Service Member of the Year
  • Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program
  • Corporate and Business Volunteer Program
  • Volunteer Manager
  • Community Leadership Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Veterans/Military Organization

 2022 GOVERNOR’S POINTS OF LIGHT AWARDS

The Governor’s Points of Light Awards program is Nevada’s signature event that celebrates the inspiring stories of extraordinary individuals, students culled from higher education, non-profit organizations, and corporate partners who invest in our State. Collectively, through this event, we recognize those who generously donate their time and talents to invest in Nevada’s youth, seniors, military families, and who influence a vibrant future for all Nevadans.

The Governor’s Points of Light is the highest honor bestowed by Governor Steve Sisolak and Nevada Volunteers to celebrate the individuals and organizations who model Nevada values of service, responsibility, cooperation and compassion, and the power of partnership that makes Nevada a better place to live. Finalists will be recognized at a bronze, silver or gold level.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Governor’s Points of Light Awards. Our vision is to create an unequaled and memorable experience for honorees, their families and friends, and the stakeholders who support volunteerism and service.

We are excited to announce that nominations will now be open the entire year, allowing nominators to submit their forms anytime.  Nominations for the 2022 event will be accepted until 5pm on June 15, 2022.  Submissions received after 5pm on June 15th, 2022 will be included in the nomination pool for the 2023 event.

The 2022 event date and location will be released soon, please check back!

NOMINATION INFORMATION AND ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS

Nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Points of Light Awards are due prior to 5:00pm PST on June 15, 2022. Entries received after that will be included in the nomination pool for the 2023 event.

All entries must be submitted online via the online form linked above and below prior to the deadline listed above. You can only choose one category per nomination. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Individual nominees must be Nevada Residents.
  • All service must have been performed in Nevada.
  • Individuals receiving a stipend or salary, with the exception of national service members and volunteer managers, are not eligible.
  • Group nominations must be Nevada organizations.
  • Nevada Volunteers staff and commissioners are not eligible.
  • 2021 Finalists are not eligible to be a finalist in the same category until 2023.

*Nevada Volunteers reserves the right to select an alternate recipient should the nominee be unable to accept the award in person. Organizations and/or individuals being nominated should notify Nevada Volunteers if travel assistance is requested.

ABOUT THE NOMINATION AND REVIEW PROCESS

Nominations are accepted in 9 categories:

Individual Volunteer (18 or older) – An individual volunteer at least 18 years of age who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada.

Individual Youth Volunteer (under 18) – An individual under 18 years of age who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada.

Volunteer Manager – Any volunteer manager or administrator who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in leadership and management of volunteers in Nevada.

Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program – A non-profit or community organization whose volunteer program has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada.

Corporate and Business Volunteer Program – A business or corporation whose volunteer program has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada.

Community Leadership – Any service or volunteer group, faith-based group, civic group and/or family group that has shown extraordinary achievements in their top leadership, community service and collaboration in Nevada.

National Service Member – Any National Service Member serving within AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC or AmeriCorps Seniors who has completed a term of service in Nevada in the past year or is on track to complete a term of service in 2022 and who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in service.

Lifetime Achievement – Any individual who has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in volunteerism and service in Nevada for a period of 20 or more years.  Service does not necessarily need to be with the same organization for that period of time but must have been performed in the state of Nevada.

Veterans/Military Organization – A non-profit, volunteer group or organization serving veterans or military personnel, or who is a part of our veterans and military personnel which has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in their volunteerism in Nevada.

2021 Governor’s Hybrid Points of Light Awards

The 2021 event featured: Emcee Kendall Tenney, Keynote Speaker Dr. Christina Madison, Founder and CEO of The Public Health Pharmacist, PLLC, National Anthem vocalist Cedric Williams and Governor Steve Sisolak for opening remarks. Meet our 18 incredible finalists below!

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2021 Governor’s Points of Light Awards

2020 Governor's Virtual Points of Light Awards

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship and brand association are great ways to demonstrate positive corporate social responsibility to employees, customers, investors and community leaders. The Governor’s Points of Light is the highest honor bestowed by Governor Steve Sisolak and Nevada Volunteers to celebrate the individuals and organizations who model Nevada values of service, responsibility, cooperation and compassion, and the power of partnership that makes Nevada a better place to live.  Join us as we celebrate 20 years of honoring Nevada’s outstanding volunteers, nonprofits, volunteer managers, service members, corporate volunteer programs, and military/veteran’s organizations.

Additional ways to support the Governor’s Points of Light Awards

  • Honor someone’s service by nominating them for an award. Share their story to inspire others!
  • Purchase tickets and invite colleagues, guests, or volunteers to attend with you.
  • Pay it forward by purchasing tickets for a nonprofit organization to attend the event and heighten their profile.
  • Sponsor a Finalist to assist with travel and award expenses.
  • Become a GPOL Judge.

If you have any questions about becoming a judge for the 2022 Governor’s Points of Light finalists, please contact Terry Bell at 775-825-1900 or tbell@nevadavolunteers.org.

Service Award Pin

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An optional lapel pin is available for a $5.00 charge. Click here to order. The pin will be sent with the Certificate.

Sample Certificate

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Criteria

The criteria for nominations for the Governor’s Volunteer Recognition Certificate include one or more of the following:

  • An individual has performed over 200 hours of service in a calendar year, representing exceptional service that surpassed expectations; and/or
  • An individual has provided a skilled or pro bono service that increased the capacity or stability of the organization by $10,000 or more; and/or
  • An individual has demonstrated reliability and commitment in continual direct volunteer service for a period of two or more years; and/or
  • An individual has taken on a significant leadership role resulting in a new or enhanced program, an innovative way of meeting organizational needs, or has addressed a need that was not previously met.
  • NEW- Youth Volunteer (18 years or younger) has performed over 100 hours of service in a one-year period, representing exceptional service that surpassed expectations.

If you have a volunteer or volunteers who meet this criteria submit your request for a certificate here .

*Note: This Certificate is not meant as recognition of normal board service but could be used for exceptional board service that exceeds expectations. Please contact Nevada Volunteers with questions.

 

Nomination Process

The nomination form may be submitted by any nonprofit, business, faith-based group, civic organization, or governmental entity. Nominations need to be submitted 4 weeks in advance of when the award will be presented. Nominations are submitted to the Governor’s Office on the 1st and 15th of each month. There is no charge for participating unless you wish to add a lapel pin to your presentation (see above).

The nomination requires the following information:

  • Name of Nominating Organization
  • EIN Number or other proof of legitimate status as a nonprofit or business
  • Phone/Mailing Address/Email
  • Name of Person Making the Nomination
  • Volunteer Name and contact information
  • Description of the way(s) in which the volunteer meets the criteria

 

Limitations

No individual may receive the Certificate in two consecutive years for the same category. Recipients must be Nevada residents or have performed their volunteer service solely in Nevada. This recognition is not intended for National Service members.