Champion of Service

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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 Volunteer Florida and Governor Scott during Florida State Cabinet meetings.

Award Nomination

Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Nominate a Champion fo Service

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
  • Plays a leading role in advocating for volunteerism in local community
  • Provides an outstanding contribution to community service efforts
FAQs: Champion of Service Awards and Florida Cabinet Meetings

What is the Champion of Service Award?
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 Volunteer Florida and Governor Scott during Florida Cabinet meetings. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis. There is no cut-off date and awards are presented year-round.

How are awardees selected?
Volunteer Florida engages a vetting process to determine which nominees are qualified and the best fit for the Champion of Service Award. Volunteer Florida seeks a diverse group of awardees who represent a variety of geographic areas of the state. We also seek a variety of grassroots volunteers, service organizations, companies, and servant leaders. For Cabinet Meeting presentations, awards are also vetted by the Governor’s Office.

What is the award criteria?
The Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award may be given to an individual or group (including grassroots organizations, agency, educational, government or business) who meets the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates excellence in volunteerism, community service, national service, civic, social or corporate responsibility
  • Plays a leading role in advocating for volunteerism in local community
  • Provides an outstanding contribution to community service efforts

When is the Champion of Service Award presented?
The Champion of Service Award is presented at every meeting of the Florida Cabinet, as well as community events and Volunteer Florida partner and grantee events across the state.

What is the Florida Cabinet? Can anyone go to meetings?
Absolutely! The Florida Cabinet consists of the Attorney General, the Chief Financial Officer and the Commissioner of Agriculture – Florida’s three constitutionally elected state executives. The Governor is the popularly elected “chief executive” of Florida but the three members of the Cabinet are also elected by the people and serve as a collective decision and rule making body for the state. All meetings are open to the public. The 2015 Cabinet Meeting schedule is available here. Most meetings are held at the Capitol building in Tallahassee but once or twice a year Cabinet meetings are held in different cities across the state.

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