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Events

Volunteer Appreciation Day

group photo of governor jay inslee and  mrs. inslee with 2015 honorees

Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21, 2015 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day.

"I join all Washingtonians in thanking these individuals who contribute tirelessly to their communities. I encourage others to look for opportunities that not only provide valuable experience but also help strengthen our communities and state," Inslee said. To celebrate, the 11th Annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards recognition event was held at the Executive Mansion in Olympia. This year, 30 of the 39 honorees were in attendance. The honorees represent 14 of Washington's 39 counties and ranged in age from 15 to 82 years.

Salute to Volunteers Night

On the evening of April 21, the Seattle Mariners and Serve Washington hosted the 7th Annual Salute to Volunteers Night at Safeco Field. Pre-game ceremonies included an on-field special tribute to the distinguished volunteers. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by 18-year-old Braydon Anderson, a recipient of the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Service Award.

Washington Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Day

To recognize the countless acts of service performed by one of Washington's most valuable assets, its volunteers, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21, 2014 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day and urged "all people in our state to join me in recognizing and supporting those who volunteer and serve." To celebrate, the Tenth Annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards were presented to 44 honorees by Gov. Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee in a ceremony at the Executive Residence. These outstanding volunteers ranged in age from 16 to 101 years young and represented 17 of Washington's 39 counties. Volunteers were nominated by AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Senior Corps programs and volunteer centers from across the state.

Salute to Volunteers Night

On the evening of April 21, 2014, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service hosted the sixth annual Salute to Volunteers Night. Pre-game ceremonies included an on-field tribute to the 44 distinguished volunteers. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by 16 year-old Angela Phommavong, this year's youngest recipient of the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Service Award.

Governor's Volunteer Service Awards

first lady trudi inslee presents certificate to grace hanson - eldest recipient

To recognize Washington's 44 recipients of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Service Award, First Lady Trudi Inslee hosted the ninth annual ceremony on April 25 at the Governor's Mansion. Acting Executive Director Debbie Schuffenhauer joined the First Lady to present the awards to honorees. The ceremony also included Bill Basl, National Director of AmeriCorps, Corporation for National and Community Service and Nicole Trimble, Chair of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service. The recipients were nominated by AmeriCorps programs, Citizen Corps Councils, Senior Corps and volunteer centers from across the state. See the program for a description on each recipient. You can see additional photos of the event on Serve Washington's Facebook page.

Salute to Volunteers Night

group photo on safeco field of honorees at salute to volunteers night

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service joined together for a special night for volunteers at the 5th Annual Salute to Volunteers Night at Safeco Field, April 25, 2013. A pre-game ceremony included a special tribute to the men and women of the state of Washington that have distinguished themselves for volunteer service to the community. Twenty-seven of the 44 recipients of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Service Award in attendance represent a cross section of the estimated 1.83 million adults that donated time last year valued at $4.9 billion in the state. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by 10-year old Levi DeWeber of Connell, the youngest recipient of the Governor's 2013 Volunteer Service Award. The more "experienced" honoree, 93-year old Grace Hanson of Renton, also attended. The M's won the game against Los Angeles Angels 6-0.

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Washington Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week

The Ninth Annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards will be presented to 44 honorees on April 25, 2013 in a ceremony at the Executive Mansion. The recipients of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Service Award are nominated by AmeriCorps programs, Citizen Corps Councils, Senior Corps and volunteer centers from across the state. See the press release for more information and a list of the recipients.

AmeriCorps Kick-Off Engages 1,000 Members and Honors Basl

On October 12, 2012 an enthusiastic crowd of 1,000 AmeriCorps members gathered at the Seattle Center to pledge their personal commitment to "get things done" for America during their year of service in Washington State. Bill Basl, new Director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C., returned to his home state to present the keynote speech, and help swear in the Class of 2013. In honor of Bill's commitment to service, WCNCS staff created an award in his name, a surprise for Bill, who then had the opportunity to present the award to the first recipient.
photo of representatives from federal way public schools receiving award on behalf of award recipient monda holsinger with national americorps director bill basl and wcncs executive director debbie schuffenhauer (far right)

As part of the day's activities, 200 AmeriCorps members participated in an outdoor service project on the afternoon of October 12, organized by the Earth Corps. In addition, more than 500 AmeriCorps members received training to help them become better prepared in the event of an emergency and to learn about the important role that national service can play in disaster preparedness and response efforts. Tracy Connelly from the City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management offered an engaging and informative session on how to construct an emergency preparedness kit on a limited budget. After completing the training, each member received a 72-hour personal preparedness kit.

September 11th Remembered

AmeriCorps members with the Spokane Service Team observed the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by conducting volunteer projects across the city. While some members were too young to have vivid memories of the 2001 terrorist attacks, all embraced the national significance and lasting impact on their own generation. AmeriCorps members recorded a series of statements describing the myriad ways the 9/11 tragedy has inspired them to give back to the community.


Mariners Salute to Volunteers

Mariners Salute to Volunteers To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service joined together for Salute to Volunteers. Pre-game ceremony on April 17, 2012 included a special tribute to the men and women of the state of Washington that have distinguished themselves for volunteer service to the community. The 44 honorees represent a cross section of the estimated 62.8 million adults that donated time last year valued at almost $173 billion. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by 17-year old Joshua Barker of Bremerton, the youngest recipient of the Governor's 2012 Volunteer Service Award.

Earlier the same day, retired Mariners catcher Dan Wilson (soon to be inductee to the Mariners Hall of Fame) and the Mariner Moose visited Mirror Lake Elementary School in Federal Way. The purpose of their visit was to recognize the school's community volunteers and celebrate the student body's accomplishment of achieving their reading goal. Mr. Wilson read to the students and spoke about the importance of being a good reader. He and the Mariner Moose presented autographed books about M's players Felix Hernandez and Ken Griffey, Jr. to principal, Maggie O'Sullivan and school librarian, Diane McSweeney.

Photos courtesy of Seattle Mariners