Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

The awards program, created by the office of the governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. 

Through the years the award has been bestowed on thousands of North Carolinians who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in their local community.

Any person, group or entity from the public, nonprofit and private sector may be nominated for an award to their county award coordinator. Hyde’s coordinator is Kris Bowen, literacy and outreach coordinator for the Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for Children in Washington, Beaufort County. Nominations are due by Feb. 2.

In the last few years, Jason Wells along with the Ocracoke Strong Kitchen team, Ivey Belch and John and Rauna Conner have received the award for their service to Ocracoke.

Each county selects up to 10 individuals, businesses, groups or teams and one paid director of volunteers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities. 

One of the nominees will be nominated for the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, which is awarded to the top 20 volunteers in the state. A local committee evaluates the nominations.

Nomination forms for Beaufort and Hyde counties are available online at the link below. 

The nomination form can be completed electronically or can be printed and mailed/emailed to the Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for Children.

Nominations can be made online or by downloading the nomination form in pdf or MS Word. The online nomination forms are available in español in pdf or MS Word.

If using the nomination form, send the form to the county award coordinator. Online nominations will be sent to the county award coordinators.

Please return the completed forms to Jessica Burnham, Beaufort and Hyde County Award coordinator, at or mail to Jessica Burnham at Beaufort-Hyde Partnership for Children, 979 Washington Square Mall, Washington, NC 27889 no later than Feb. 2.

For more information, please call 252-975-4647, ext. 107.

Tips to write a strong Governor’s Volunteer Service Award nomination.

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