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GSA Guidelines and Eligibility

award program logoNominations close June 30, 2020. See "GSA Nomination Instructions" for submission directions.

Please read these carefully because they are the basis for accepting or rejecting nominations in the individual categories. 

  • Nominees may be self-nominated.
  • Nominators are expected to notify the person or organization they wish to nominate before submitting a name for consideration.
  • Incomplete nominations (questions not answered, data fields skipped, text of recommendation letter missing, etc.) will not be considered.
  • An individual, group or business may only be nominated for one category with the exception of Maine's Roll of Honor. For example, an individual nominated for Volunteer of the Year may also be nominated for Roll of Honor if he/she donated 500 hrs of service to a specific organization or program in the past year.
  • If a nominee is selected, the award ceremony organizers will need to communicate with the award recipient and you by email. Please be sure to include accurate emails in the nominations submitted. 
  • Nominees for all organization and individual categories must have active volunteer service during the most recent three years.
  • Nominees for Youth Volunteer of the Year must be age 20 or younger.
  • Individuals or teams that volunteer as part of a workplace volunteer program, internship or for course credit are eligible.
  • Individuals nominated under the National Service category (Foster Grandparents, AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Senior Companions, etc.)must have performed service "above and beyond" his/her normal duties.
  • Any recipient of an individual or organization award during the past three years is not eligible for consideration. 
  • You can nominate more than one individual and/or organization; however each nomination must be submitted on a separate form.
  • Information contained in your nomination form will be used for event publications and released to the media and elected officials. Please be sure the nominee is aware of this.
  • Board members, staff and the family members of the Maine Commission for Community Service or sponsors of the event are not eligible to receive any individual awards or take part in the nomination process.
  • Outstanding Non-Profit Volunteer Program Nominees must supply a copy of 501(c)3 certificate.