State and Local Service Awards

There are numerous ways to recognize a volunteer for their commitment to your organization or cause such as a thank you card, a gift, a meal in their honor, or by telling your volunteers just how much you appreciate them. Another way to show how much you appreciate them is by nominating them for a national, state, or local volunteer service award.

Statewide Service Award-Wisconsin

Serve Wisconsin and the CNCS State Office host an annual Governor’s Service Recognition Event that honors outstanding national service participants, programs, and volunteers that have helped address serious social problems to meet their community’s needs. ¬†Nominations are accepted throughout February – April of each year with the recognition event taking place in June. Criteria for nominations and forms can be found on Serve Wisconsin website starting in February.¬†

The recognition categories include:
        • Governor’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year Honoree
        • Governor’s AmeriCorps Program of the Year Honoree
        • Governor’s AmeriCorps* VISTA Participant or Program of the Year Honoree
        • Governor’s Senior Corps Participant of the Year Honoree
        • Governor’s Senior Corps Program of the Year Honoree
        • Volunteer Engagement Honoree
        • Marty Stein Friend of National Service Exemplary Supporter
        • Veteran Volunteer of the Year Service Honoree
If you know someone whose commitment to a cause should be recognized, then nominate them for a Wisconsin Heroes Award by filling out a nomination form on the link below.

Volunteer Rock Star Award
Volunteer Rock Star was created by Volunteer Wisconsin to recognize volunteers for their dedication to an organization and/or cause. Every two weeks, a Volunteer Rock Star will be chosen. Their profile (information provided on the nomination form) and picture will be displayed on both the Volunteer Wisconsin website and the Volunteer Wisconsin Facebook page. In order to be eligible to receive a Volunteer Rock Star you must fit these criteria:
  • Nominee must be volunteering in Wisconsin
  • Must be nominated by someone who has direct contact with the volunteer
  • A volunteer can be nominated multiple times, but only can be nominated by the same organization once a year
  • Nominating organization must be a nonprofit organization
Please send a picture of the volunteer for their profile picture as a .jpg or a .png to A volunteer can only be nominated by the same organization once a year. To nominate a volunteer, please fill out the nomination form by clicking here.

Local Service Awards

Jefferson Award for Public Service-Central Wisconsin The Jefferson Award for Public Service aims to identify and celebrate local “unsung heroes” who serves in communities across central Wisconsin. The winner of the local Jefferson Award for Public Service will be feature in a new segment in one of the Jefferson Award Foundation local media partners along with their Jefferson Award for Public Service Coin. To nominate a volunteer for the local Jefferson Award for Public Service, complete a nomination form. Nominating a volunteer for any of these volunteer service awards is a great way to thank your volunteers for their commitment and dedication to your organization. Also, if you know of any national, Wisconsin statewide, and/or local service awards that were not listed above please email them to