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Initiatives

Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

governor and first lady trudi inslee present certificate to chris brown

A priority for Serve Washington is the promotion of service and volunteerism to address the needs of communities throughout the state of Washington. There is a strong tradition of volunteerism in Washington, which ranks 11th in volunteer rates in the nation. Serve Washington in partnership with the Volunteer Centers of Washington Association, the Washington Association of RSVP Directors, and the Citizen Corps Program co- sponsors the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards to recognize Washington's citizens who dedicate their time and talents to help others in their communities. New in 2016, recipients are nominated by public, private, and nonprofit organizations, and state and local governments from across the state. Specifics on past events can be found on the Events page or see photos on Serve Washington's Facebook page.

To receive notification for next year's nomination process, send us an email requesting to be added to the distribution list.

Leadership Forum for National Service Executives

Since 2001, the Washington Commission for National and Community Service has partnered with the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs to offer a unique learning opportunity designed specifically for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps program staff. Students complete a three-course sequence leading to a certificate in non-profit management. Participants gain specific skills in program design, budgeting, assessment, and leadership skills that are directly applicable to on-the-job challenges; and share field experiences and gain important insights from faculty and fellow students.

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service MedalThe Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM) recognizes those members of the military (active duty, reserve and national guard) who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces. Such volunteer service must be made in a sustained and direct nature towards the civilian community, must be significant in nature to produce tangible results, and must reflect favorably on the military service and the United State Department of Defense (DoD). The definition of volunteer service is left intentionally vague, allowing for a wide variety of activities and volunteer duties which would qualify a service member for the MOVSM. There is no time limit required for the MOVSM, however most awarding authorities require that the volunteer service must exceed three years in length and/or 100 hours of service. Since the decoration is classified as a service medal, there is no citation which accompanies the award, however most commanders will present a personal letter to those who receive the MOVSM. The governing regulation for this decoration is DoD 1348.33-M, Manual of Military Decorations and Awards - September 1996.