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The Champion of Service Award was established in 2013 by Volunteer Florida to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service. This award is frequently presented by Governor Scott during Florida State Cabinet meetings.

Award Nomination

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Click here for the nomination form.

Award Eligibility

The Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award may be given to an individual or group (informal, organization, agency, educational, government or business) who meets the criteria below.

Criteria for Recognition
  • Demonstrates excellence in volunteerism, community service, national service, civic, social or corporate responsibility
  • Creative utilization of people, resources and opportunities
  • Role in advocating for volunteerism in local community
  • Outstanding contribution to community service efforts
  • Honorable commitment to volunteer service
Special Sub-categories may be awarded

Individual: Nominees in this category are volunteers who help build stronger communities through exceptional voluntary leadership, and have made or are making a positive difference in their community.

Youth: Nominees in this category are volunteers under the age of 18 who help build stronger communities through exceptional voluntary leadership, and have made or are making a positive difference in their community.

Lifelong Achievement: Nominees have demonstrated significant dedication to making a difference in their communities by volunteering and providing leadership over the course of their life. Their voluntary contributions may have been made through an ongoing commitment to one organization or cause or through a variety of organizations or causes. Generally, they will have volunteered for a period of 20 years or more.

Emerging Leader: Nominees in this category are new volunteers who help build stronger communities through exceptional voluntary leadership, and have made or are making a positive difference in their community. Generally, they will have volunteered for a period of no more than three years.

Social Innovator: Nominees in this category are not-for-profit organizations, government, education or businesses that use innovative new ideas or use existing ideas in new ways that improve their ability to respond to social challenges to help build stronger communities.

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